‘Gold Mafia’: Akufo-Addo couldn’t deny Alistair Mathias’ assertions – Sammy Gyamfi
The Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has berated President Akufo-Addo for not categorically denying the allegations by Alistair Mathias in Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia investigative documentary.
Sammy Gyamfi says President Akufo-Addo’s response of not recalling any such legal service rendered the alleged money launderer gives credence to same and proves his complicity in the matter.
In contributing to a panel discussion on Accra-based Metro TV on Thursday, April 27, the outspoken politician called for investigations into the allegations by the busted gold smuggler.
“I was shocked when I heard the answer President Akufo-Addo gave when he was contacted and his attention was drawn to these damning statements that Alistair Mathias had made about him.
“President Nana Akufo-Addo when he was contacted by Al Jazeera could not deny the assertion by Alistair Mathias that he is his friend and accomplice to his smuggling and money laundering schemes in Ghana.
“President Akufo-Addo’s answer was that he doesn’t recollect ever being a lawyer or a friend to anyone like that,” he said.
A gold trader exposed in Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia investigative documentary has alleged that President Akufo-Addo is his friend and lawyer.
Al Jazeera’s latest investigation, Gold Mafia, has uncovered a band of criminals driving gold smuggling and money laundering worth billions of dollars in Southern Africa.
However, those involved in this gold smuggling syndicate have business networks that stretch across the continent and operate in many other countries including Ghana.
Alistair Mathias, described by the investigative reporters as a financial architect who builds money laundering schemes for corrupt politicians, was approached by undercover journalists posing as Chinese criminals to help them launder money from China.
Speaking to the undercover reporters while trying to strike a deal, he alleged that President Akufo-Addo is his friend and was his lawyer too.
Alistair had earlier revealed that he has been smuggling $40 million worth of gold from Ghana monthly, which is $480 million worth of gold annually.
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