INTERPOL alert is fabrication–NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has  stated that the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) against Samuel Adam Foster also known as Samuel Mahama is fabricated.

It maintained that the official website of the organisation does not have such red notice, hence, an attempt by the government to deceive the citizenry.

The party’s comment was based on an INTERPOL document dated July 10, 2020, announcing an arrest warrant 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, the National Communication Officer of the NDC, reacting to the arrest warrant said his checks revealed that the red notice could not be found on the official website of the organisation but an attempt by the government to deceive the citizenry.

He reiterated that every red notice alert which was issued by INTERPOL could be located on their website and if Samuel Mahama’s control number could not be found on their website, then it meant the notice was 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, the arrest warrant from INTERPOL is only issued for fugitives who are wanted for prosecution or to serve a sentence; thus, Mr Mahama has not been declared a fugitive.

“Is the subject Mr Mahama of the said notice a fugitive? Has he escaped from legal custody? Mr Gyamfi quizzed and indicated that “INTERPOL  doesn’t issue red notices, based on charges, they only issue red notices for fugitives, in this case, the said subject has not escaped lawful custody so he isn’t a fugitive and cannot be a subject of a red notice of the INTERPOL,” Mr Gyamfi asserted.

Touching on the Airbus saga, he accused the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration of playing political gimmick with the situation and pointed out that the Akufo-Addo-led administration was desperate to accuse ‘innocent people’ with corruption at all cost.

“We have made it clear time and again if you read the document of the Airbus issue, no government official under the former President John Mahama-led administration has been sighted for having taking bribes from anybody in connection with the Airbus transaction,” Mr Gyamfi stressed.

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