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Monday, October 5, 2009

A-G: "Gov't Will Investigate M & J Issue Only If..."

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Madam Betty Mould-Iddrisu, says she is indeed embarking on a search for truth to the UK and has intimated in an interview on “Kokrokoo” that any further investigation the government conducts into the Mabey and Johnson (M&J) scandal, would be subject to the information made available to her by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

“It’s true, I’m leaving tonight…I have an appointment with the SFO on Tuesday morning…Whether we will continue with investigations here (Ghana) will depend on the information I receive there, whether it is adequate enough, it’s a whole lot, it’s a whole lot,” she said on PEACEFM’s flagship programme.

According to Madam Betty Mould-Iddrisu, under the “Mutual Legal Assistance, the SFO in the UK is liaising” with Ghana’s Ministry of Justice, “which is the national competent authority” for that level of co-ordination.

“…I’m requesting for information from them…what I’m telling you is even confidential,” she added.

President, John Evans Atta Mills, on Saturday, directed the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General to “immediately” proceed to London to seek thorough information about the Mabey and Johnson bribery case to enable the government decide on the matter.

This was after; President Mills, had held a series of high level discussions with government officials at the Castle, Osu, to find ways of dealing decisively with the M&J issue in which some of his appointees have been implicated.

The Minister of Justice who declined to go into the specifics of what her request is, however, admitted that it is in connection with the recent M&J court ruling.

Asked whether there is any substance in the report that she is going to bring down all the necessary court documents related to the M&J issue, Madam Betty replied, “let’s wait and see”.
Source: Kwadwo Asante/Peacefmonline

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