Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor

A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) legal team is praying for Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Amidu to succeed in his probe of the Airbus bribery scandal.

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Abraham Amaliba is convinced the decision to refer the case to the former Attorney General is part of an agenda by the government to embarrass him [Amidu].

President Nana Akufo-Addo has tasked the Office of the SP, led by Mr Amidu, to investigate the role played by government officials who allegedly received bribes from officials of the European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus.

A statement signed by Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin, said the SP’s office is expected to among other things work with their United Kingdom counterparts in this exercise to bring closure to the matter.

However, Mr Amaliba on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme wondered how Mr Amidu would prove his case when no official was mentioned in the case.

“They used code names, nobody has been mentioned and in fact there is no prove that Airbus agent gave money to a government official so what are we investigating?” He quizzed.

The private legal practitioner could not fathom why Mr Amidu is always given difficult cases to handle when there are cheap ones like missing excavators and tricycles he could easily do and achieve results.

This notwithstanding, Mr Amaliba said the NDC welcomes the SP’s probe into the issue.

 “In order not to sound like they are afraid of accountability, let the SP go on.  My only fear is that this [Airbus case] will be difficult but nobody is stopping him,” he said.

Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman