The Communications Officer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says a Red Notice issued by the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) for the arrest of Samuel Adam Fosters also known as Samuel Mahama is fabricated.
His comment comes after an Interpol document dated July 10, 2020, announced a Red Notice for Mr Mahama in connection with his role in the Airbus bribery scandal.
He is being charged for accepting bribes to influence a public officer and acting in collaboration with a public officer for the public officer’s private gain.
But, Sammy Gyamfi in an interview on Joy FM’s Top Story Thursday, said his checks reveal the red notice cannot be found on the official website of the Organisation, therefore, it is an attempt by government to deceive Ghanaians.
“Every red notice alert which is issued by Interpol can be located on their website. So if the subjects’ [Samuel Mahama’s] control number cannot be found on their website, then it means the notice is not from Interpol.
“So this is fabricated, it is of dubious validity and we should not feed the people of this country with such information,” he stressed.
Mr Gyamfi further noted that Interpol only issues warrant for the arrest of fugitives who are wanted for prosecution or to serve a sentence.
“Is the subject [Mr. Mahama] of the said notice a fugitive? Has he escaped from legal custody? Mr. Gyamfi quizzed.
He continued, “Interpol doesn’t issue red notices, based on charges, they only issue red notices for fugitives. And in this case, the said subject has not escaped lawful custody so he isn’t a fugitive and therefore cannot be a subject of a red notice of the Interpol.”
Touching on the Airbus saga, the Communications Officer accused the Akufo-Addo administration of playing political gimmick with the situation.
He stressed that the Akufo-Addo led government is desperate to accuse ‘innocent people’ with corruption at all cost.
“We have made it clear time and again that if you read this document of this Airbus matter, no government official under the Mahama government has been sighted for having taking bribes from anybody in connection with the Airbus transaction,” he added.
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