Interpol issue arrest warrant for John Mahama and co over Airbus scandal

Ghana President John Dramani Mahama gestures as he speaks with election observers and ruling party members following a press conference at the presidential residence in Accra, Ghana, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. As voting continued for an unplanned second day on Saturday, international observers endorsed Ghana's presidential and parliamentary polls, despite the delays at some polling stations that led to the extended vote. Polls show that a very tight race with voters almost evenly split between President Mahama and his main challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)

John Dramani Mahama, the former President of Ghana, and 2020 presidential candidate of Ghana’s largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, risks being arrested if he flies to the United Kingdom, United States or any country within the European Union.

This is because of an international arrest an Interpol Arrest warrant  for the capture and possible extradition of Mr. Adam Mahama the security officers have been on high alert. 

The Sun newspaper, in its latest edition on Tuesday, reports that an international arrest warrant has been issued by Ghanaian authorities for the arrest of four people, including John Mahama’s brother for questioning. 

The four British nationals, including former President Mahama’s brother, are wanted by Ghanaian authorities for questioning for their roles in allegedly bribing Ghanaian government officials to the tune of £5million. 

The four, allegedly led by the former President’s brother, played the role of middlemen to facilitate the £50 million sale of three Airbus C-295 military planes to Ghana. 

The Sun reported that former President Mahama allegedly had links with the middlemen who facilitated the payments of bribes to key government officials when he was Vice President. 

“Former Ghana president John Dramani Mahama is accused of having links to a corrupt network which received kickbacks during the contract process,” reported the Sun.

According to reports,  the British, US and French governments are looking for John Mahama to arrest him over the Airbus. The blacklisting of Ghana was over cases like Airbus which took place under Mahama. 

Diplomatic observers are worried about the prospect of an elected president of a sovereign nation being hauled to face criminal charges in France, UK or USA and that is increasingly likely in the event of John Mahama winning on Dec 7.!

Following the naming and involvement of former high-ranking former Ghanaian officials in the scandal, Ghana’s Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu launched further investigations into the matter.

The Special Prosecutor recently announced he had summoned four people for questioning bcluding John Mahama. 

He released their passport details online to aid the international arrest warrant. 

The British media has taken a special interest in the high-profile, international bribery scandal following the involvement of Middlemiss.


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