Interpol’s Red alert for Samuel Mahama a plot to embarrass John Mahama – Alex Segbefia

Former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia has said that the interpol red alert issued for Samuel Adam Mahama is part of plots to embarrass the former President, John Dramani Mahama ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Describing the alert as unusual, Mr. Segbefia said government could have requested for an extradition through the mutual legal assistance agreement with the United Kingdom instead of publishing a red alert.

Samuel Adam Fosters also known as Samuel Adam Mahama and three others, all UK citizens are being sought by interpol over their role in the Airbus bribery scandal.

The Police has indicated that the alert was issued upon a request by Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu as part of his investigations into the scandal that involved the purchase of aircraft between the period of 2009-2015.

In a statement on the matter, Alex Segbefia who was a Cabinet Minister under the John Mahama administration said it is questionable why the UK government, which began the Airbus bribery investigations has not thought it fit to proffer any charges against Samuel Mahama or imposed restrictions on him if he indeed was a ‘criminal’ fugitive.

“This so-called arrest warrant is a red herring. It is an extension of their game plan to embarrass President John Mahama because of the impending elections,” he noted.

Below is the full statement

A Red Notice is usually issued against a criminal fugitive on the run who seeks actively to evade justice. It is a notice published by Interpol to law enforcement agents across the world requesting them to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending his extradition. When it is published, it is not Interpol seeking the location and arrest of the person, but rather the country that requests the publication. Procedurally, Interpol would publish a Red Notice at the request of a member country provided the request meets the constitutional requirements of Interpol.

A Red Notice is however, a voluntary system. A state is therefore not obliged to make an arrest based on its publication, and can decide to ignore it. This is because it is not an arrest warrant, and countries can themselves determine what weight to give such notice.

What is unusual about this particular Red Notice is that Ghana Government knows where Samuel Mahama lives in the UK up to his exact residential address. One needs to bear in mind that all the hula-baloo about Airbus emanated from the UK courts, who have dealt with it and settled it. And yet even though he and the other persons named in the Red Notice are British Nationals, the UK government has not thought it fit to proffer any charges against them. He is not considered a flight risk so no restrictions have been imposed on him and he has not been asked to hand over his passport. Why would the UK Government, based on the same facts as are narrated in the Red Notice, arrest him for Ghana government? Besides, Ghana has an extradition treaty with the UK. It also has a Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement with the UK.

Why publish Red Notice when the Ghana Government can formally ask for his extradition through regular channels?

The Special Prosecutor must be aware that it is forlorn hope that the UK government would extradite the three named persons.

It is interesting how recently the scurrilous story found its way unto the front pages of the controversial Sun newspaper in the UK. Individuals behind that publication are suspected to be closely tied to the family of Akufo-Addo.

This so-called arrest warrant is a red herring. It is an extension of their game plan to embarrass President John Mahama because of the impending elections.

-abcnews

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