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Airbus scandal: NDC breaks silence; describes reports as misleading

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The National Democratic Congress ( NDC) broken its silence in the infamous Airbus Scandal in which members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are pointing accusing fingers at some former appointees.

It has in a matter-of-fact press statement has called out the media for distorting and misreporting on the Airbus scandal in which, Airbus SE, the plane maker, has agreed to pay a huge fine in a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) in the UK, stressing that “reports that Airbus SE paid bribes during the administration of President John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani are false, misleading and do not reflect the Approved Judgement.”

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The press statement, signed by former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, is emphatic that the Deferred Prosecution Agreement ( DPA) ” does not allege that any payment was made by Airbus to any Ghanaian Government Official.”

Media reports suggest that the DPA between Airbus and the UK Serious Fraud Office claim that government officials of Ghana received mouthwatering bribes to facilitate the purchase of Airbus aircraft between 2009 and 2015. Though the agreement names no officials, it refers to Government Official 1 and some intermediaries with connections to government at the time.

But the NDC is categorical that no such claim is contained in the agreement

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“Indeed, the Approved Judgment of the Crown Court of Southwark approving the DPA between Airbus and the UK Serious Fraud Office does not allege that any payment was made by Airbus to any Ghanaian Government official.

It is therefore a gross distortion for the media to conclude that officials of the Ghana Government between 2009 and 2015 were bribed or paid any commissions by Airbus for the acquisition of the Casa C-295 aircrafts,” the press statement stressed.

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