Attention: Kissi Agyebeng esq.
Office of the Special Prosecutor
PETITION: Request For Action On The Airbus Corruption
Please accept the compliment of the entire members of Fixing The Country Movement.
Respectfully sir, I write on behalf of the Movement to officially bring to your attention the recent developments involving the Airbus SE corruption.
As you are aware Airbus SE has agreed to pay nearly $4 billion to resolve foreign bribery and other charges with authorities in the United States, Britain and France.
The aircraft maker has admitted using intermediaries over several years to bribe government officials and airline executives in order to win lucrative contracts the world over uncluding Ghana.
And rightly so, the president of Ghana has referred the matter to the investigative authorities. Whereas we do not doubt the competence of our investigative authorities to get to the bottom of this massive international corruption, we respectfully submit and appeal to your good office to take immediate action in helping the people of Ghana to put this matter behind us.
The Airbus corruption is the biggest corruption case ever. Indeed, payment of bribes were made and received and the beneficiary was GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL 1. Again, documents were falsified in making the payments to disguise the payment of bribes to GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL 1. GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL 1 is on the record of the Court as the recipient of the corrupt proceeds from this transaction.
Paragraph 136 of the US Court documents actually described Government official I as having a reputation for bribe taking.
“Government Official 1” had such a reputation as a prolific bribe-collector that within three weeks of the election of the incoming Government, AND BEFORE IT WAS SWORN IN, Airbus reached agreement with brother of “Government Official 1,” described in the US version of Court documents as “Individual 1.”
Respectfully, everyone who is privy to the core details of the series of court documents published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) of the United Kingdom cannot allege ignorance of the persons who have brought our nation into this international shame.
The Movement for Probity, Accountability and Social Justice (MOPAS) has every reason to believe that government official 1 codenamed in the courts documents is no other person than the former president John Dramani Mahama and we appeal to your good office to help bring clarity to the matter.
Besides, the Movement for Probity, Accountability and Social Justice (MOPAS) like most Ghanaians have grown sceptical about lip services being paid to issue of corruption in Ghana.
We are also fortified by the knowledge that the United States Authorities would not adopt a nonchalant attitude and allow this matter die a natural dead.
The United states of America is a doyen when it comes to the fight against corruption.
For years, the United States has led the fight against international bribery. In 1977, it passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, domestic legislation which prohibits Americans and other persons and businesses that fall under the jurisdiction of the law from bribing foreign officials in order to obtain or retain business. To level the playing field, the United States sought to create a “race to the top” by encouraging other OECD countries to criminalize such bribery. The Anti-Bribery Convention was signed in 1997 and took effect in 1999, becoming what Transparency International calls “the gold standard” in the fight against corruption. It is in this light that we call on the US government to as a matter of urgency to take active interest in this matter.
Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah
Economic And Organised Crime Office (EOCO)
British High Commissioner
United States ambassador