The identity of the law firm purportedly hired by Samuel Adam Forster, also known as Samuel Adam Mahama, brother of former President John Dramani Mahama, in the four million Euros Airbus SE scandal has been revealed.
It turned out that it was Keystone Law, at 48 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1JF, that wrote to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (SP) saying it was ‘advising’ their client on the voluntary appearance request from the SP, Martin A.B.K. Amidu.
DAILY GUIDE has heard that the matter could witness a long legal battle because the interested person (Adam Mahama) in the scandal will be pursuing the case in the UK courts to determine whether it is appropriate to submit himself for interrogation in Ghana.
Another source said the long legal battle might not be necessary as the suspect and his accomplices were determined to face the SP and clear their names once and for all.
The lawyers on Monday, July 26, wrote to the SP through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responding to the voluntary extradition request placed by Mr. Amidu for Adam Mahama to be in Ghana for interrogation, and said they were ‘advising’ their client accordingly on the next step to take but did not state whether or not they would ask him to honour the invitation.
Adam Mahama, by Saturday, July 25, had reportedly received the letter and the ticket from the SP for his voluntary travel to Ghana but allegedly refused to act as requested.
The letter was said to have been delivered by hand to his mail box at his London, UK, address where he is domiciled; and sources say he later received it, prompting the action from the UK lawyers.
The former President’s brother was expected to voluntarily join the stranded Ghanaians who were returning home on Tuesday, July 27, on a chartered flight by government, but he was nowhere to be found on the flight.
It is still unclear why Adam Mahama, who is being sought alongside three other foreigners through an International Police Organization (Interpol) Red Notice, could not honour the invitation even though the ticket was bought by Mr. Amidu’s office and was delivered to the London home of the suspect last Saturday, July 25.
There have been more than 10 evacuation flights, some emanating from London, since the voluntary extradition request by Mr. Amidu was placed, but the former President’s brother has not taken advantage to fly to Ghana.
On Friday, July 24, the SP ‘unveiled’ former President Mahama as the Government Official 1 or Individual 1 that both the United Kingdom and United States investigators referred to in the Airbus SE scandal.
Mr. Amidu’s office has been pursuing the former President’s brother Samuel Adam Foster, aka Samuel Adam Mahama, described as Intermediary 5 in the investigations, and three other foreigners who have been mentioned as individuals who collected or were paid around four million Euros in bribes on behalf of Ghanaian top officials for the supply of aircraft to the Ghana Armed Forces during Mr. Mahama’s tenure as Vice-President and later President.
He had said in a statement that he had written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give Adam Mahama the chance to voluntarily join an emergency flight for Ghanaians stranded in the United Kingdom to return to Ghana on Monday, July 27, to face prosecution over the alleged Airbus bribery case.
Mr. Amidu then said in the same statement that he was being attacked by persons close to Mr. Mahama who he said were saying that he (Mr. Amidu) was tainting his (Mahama) image when in fact, he said, he wanted to pursue the case devoid of politicization.
Mr. Amidu’s letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had the title: “The Special Prosecutor’s urgent request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the possibility of Samuel Adam Foster (Samuel Adam Mahama) voluntarily offering to be assisted to come to Ghana on the evacuation flight from London to Accra for Ghanaians on 27 July 2020.”
“This Office has today written letter with reference number OSP/SCR/2D/34/20 dated 24th July 2020 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to offer Samuel Adam Foster also known as Samuel Adam Mahama the opportunity to accept to voluntarily evacuate on the evacuation flight for Ghanaian citizens stranded in the United Kingdom to return to Ghana through a scheduled flight on 27th July 2020 (sic).”
According to Mr. Amidu, “This office’s letter states, amongst other reasons for the letter to the said Ministry, that Samuel Adam Mahama’s elder brother of full blood, who without doubt and the evidence available to this office answers to the description of the elected Government Official I, allegedly granted a denial interview to the Daily Graphic which published same on June 20, 2020 fortunately containing suspected admissions that he was the elected Government Official I referred to in the UK judgement.”
He said that “serving appointees of this government have been unable to obtain the voice recording of the interview to enable this Office to confront the former President with his own admissions in the interview as answering to the description of the brother of Samuel Mahama as the Intermediary 5 (sic).”
Mr. Amidu said that, nonetheless, “this office and the person of the Special Prosecutor continue to be attacked as ‘a bitter old man’ settling scores with Samuel Adam Mahama and his accomplices who the Special Prosecutor does not know and has never met.”
The SP said he explained in the letter to the ministry on the need that the case should not be politicized and must be treated purely as a criminal matter.
“The letter also argues that it is very important for the depoliticization of this case, therefore, for this office to request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask the High Commission in the UK to urgently facilitate the voluntary evacuation of Samuel Adama Mahama to Ghana in order to assuage not only his own image but also that of his brother, the former President, who accuses this office of tainting his image by the investigation of the suspected allegations.
“This is because until Samuel Mahama answers in court for the suspected allegations discovered by the investigation of this office against him as a Ghanaian citizen, the unwarranted politicization of this simple corruption crime by his family and supporters will continue,” he added.
He said his letter concluded that “Samuel Adam Mahama must be given the opportunity to voluntarily accept to return to Ghana and put himself upon the Republic of Ghana to vindicate himself and save this country of the millions of foreign exchange from the public purse that must be expended to extradite him to Ghana from the UK or any other country in execution of the Interpol Red Notice issued against him as a fugitive wanted for prosecution, as published on July 10, 2020.”
“The fight against the Airbus SE (Ghana) corruption, everybody agrees, is not a political matter. Consequently, every patriotic Ghanaian who believes in the anti-corruption fight must support and encourage this office to impartially get to the root of this allegation of corruption against the public purse and urge Samuel Adam Mahama to accept the opportunity to voluntarily evacuate to Ghana as a patriotic citizen of Ghana to vindicate his image and that of his family,” Mr. Amidu said.