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`Gold Mafia’: Al Jazeera aired false and unsubstantiated allegations against Akufo-Addo – Jubilee House

Jubilee House demands international media organization Al Jazeera apologize for portraying President Akufo-Addo in their damned documentary Gold Mafia. Al Jazeera has seven days to compel with the government , according to an announcement published by Jubilee House on April 25, 2023. A letter signed by the Minister to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante stated that;

“I have been instructed by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to formally request the immediate withdrawal of Al Jazeera Media Network and to apologize for broadcasting an inappropriate documentary accurately and unfairly contain false and unsubstantiated allegations against the President and Government of Ghana. aires 

Earlier this month, Ghana appeared in a damning investigative documentary made about several Zimbabwean gold smuggling and money laundering syndicates. In the final episode, undercover journalists posing as Chinese racketeer interact with one of the main parties, Alistair Mathias, to help them launder their dirty money.

“The President of Ghana is my good friend, he is my lawyer” Aljazeera Gold Mafia Money Laundering Suspect

Mr Alistair, described in the article as a financial architect, told reporters posing as criminals that he had successfully coordinated such operations. Basically, he is credited with plotting money laundering schemes for many corrupt politicians in Africa.

Alistair named Ghana as one of the countries where he has made similar deals, adding that he is good friends with the country’s president, who he says is also his lawyer. . “The President of Ghana is a good friend of mine, in fact, he is my lawyer,” he told undercover reporters.

Mr. Mathias added that he was once Ghana’s biggest gold smuggler, making about $40-60 million in gold a month in the West African country. But the president stated that some “parts of the documentary are malicious, defamatory and constitute a calculated attempt to tarnish the reputation of the President and Government of Ghana”.

Jubilee House said it had asked Al Jazeera for more details about the period during which the president is said to have provided legal representation to Mr. Alistair Mathias or his company, Guldrest Resources. According to the letter from Jubilee House, Al Jazeera “refused or failed to provide these details upon request and continued to air the documentary.”

In the documentary, Alistair described his modus operandi to undercover reporters, suggesting that the most important standard of his activities in Africa came from the trust that some cunning politicians has in him to keep their resources safely stolen away.

He revealed that by doing this, the politicians involved do not keep assets in their own names but rely on proxies.

Using government infrastructure as an example, he says he can get big contracts on behalf of Ghanaian politicians, inflate the costs and then share the profits afterwards.

“In Ghana, I take tenders, build roads, shop, deliver different things, oil and other things. There, all the politicians are supported, indirectly because it allows me the freedom to do all my other businesses. He explains more in the documentary;

“For example, the Government of Ghana, Mathias Holdings, I received the contract. I’m subcontracting you, a $100 million contract. The Ghanaian government paid me $100 million.

I gave it to you and you said it was $80 million,” he told investigative reporters, who secretly recorded the exchange.  the remaining $20 million of the inflated $100 million is shared under the agreement reached between Alistair and the aforementioned politician.

“I’ll have a deal with them and they’ll get 15… I’ll probably get 5 million,” he added. “I keep it all in Dubai. Whatever they want, they tell me and I send it.

But in the April 25 letter to Al Jazeera, the president said that it had asked the media network for details on a “$100 million state infrastructure tender,” which was purportedly given to  Mr. Mathias, which he outsourced and kept a percentage in offshore accounts. , as stated in the letter, as well as information on how the President personally illegally profited from the so-called “$100 Million Bidding for State Infrastructure”.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo’s initial reaction at the end of a screening of Aljazeera’s film said he had no recollection of working as a lawyer for Alistair Mathias or his firm. Mr Mathias also denied ever receiving any bids from the Ghanaian government or contracting with the government in any African country.

According to Jubilee House, those reactions were enough for the media network to remove those parts of the exhibit. “In light of these blatant denials and the response of Mr. Akufo-Addo’s attorneys, Mr. Alistair Mathias and Mr. Essuman’s response, these portions of the documentary should not be included because of these claims are untrue.”

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