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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Ghanaian politician to file complaint against prosecutor over Airbus bribery case

The leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana, Percival Kofi Akpaloo, has announced his intention to file a complaint against Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu over his handling of the Airbus bribery scandal, according to reports.

Akpaloo has reportedly expressed confusion over why Amidu has not initiated legal proceedings against Ghana’s former president, John Mahama, over the scandal “when we all know he has taken a bribe”. Mahama denies wrongdoing.

Airbus agreed a $4 billion settlement with authorities in France, the UK and the US over a bribery scheme spread over 16 countries, including Ghana.

Ghana’s Office of the Special Prosecutor announced in March that it wished to question several UK nationals for their alleged roles in the scheme.

Alstom pays £16.4 million Tunisia bribery fine

The UK subsidiary of French engineering company Alstom has fully paid a £16.4 million fine it received in November 2019 over corruption tied to a Tunisian tram network.

Alstom said in its recently published financial statements that the payment brought to an end “the long-running UK proceeding in respect of historic conduct”.

A UK court found Alstom Network (UK) guilty in April 2018 of a single count of conspiring to make corrupt payments related to allegations its executives paid £2.4 million in bribes to win a £68 million transport contract in Tunisia.

The Court of Appeal in London upheld the conviction in July 2019.

Riza Aziz to testify against Najib in 1MDB trial

Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak, has agreed to testify against Najib in his trial over alleged corruption tied to the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, according to reports.

Prosecutors reportedly said in Kuala Lumpur’s High Court that Riza had “indicated his readiness to give evidence for the prosecution in this case”.

Najib is facing 25 charges of money laundering and corruption over 2.3 billion ringgit ($530 million) in 1MDB-linked funds that he allegedly received. He denies wrongdoing.

Malaysian prosecutors dropped their case against Aziz over alleged 1MDB-linked money laundering earlier in May as part of a deal that will see Malaysia recover $107.3 million in misappropriated assets.

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