The Office of the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has started investigations into the Airbus SE bribery scandal involving some Ghanaian government officials.
This comes after the President, Nana Akufo-Addo tasked the office to probe the scandal.
Responding to the request from the President, Mr. Amidu explained in a statement that he has determined that the said referral and the deferred prosecution agreements and judgments accompanying them raise reasonable suspicion of the commission of corruption and corruption-related offences of bribery of public officers and the use of public office by public officers for private profit.
It therefore noted that “the relevant domestic public institutions which can assist the ongoing investigation have been contacted to provide information and documents under Act 959.”
The statement added that “contacts have also been initiated with the appropriate foreign authorities as provided by law for information and documents to assist the ongoing investigation.”
On January 31, 2020, Ghana was named as one of five countries that Airbus paid or attempted to pay millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for contracts, leading a court in Britain to slap a fine of £3 billion on the company.
In addition to Ghana, the company allegedly paid bribes to officials in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Taiwan within the same period.
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office, however, in its statement of fact did not name the Ghanaian officials because investigations were still ongoing.