General News of Saturday, 14 April 2018
The 2016 presidential candidate for the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Lartey, has challenged President Akufo-Addo to allow the Special Prosecutor to investigate former President Jerry John Rawlings.
According to him, the former president in a recent video attacked his integrity when he [Rawlings] lacks the moral right to attack people over corruption.
He said, the Special Prosecutor should question Mr. Rawlings whether he has 15 percent share in the Ghana Rubber Estates. The political leader in an interview with Rainbow Radio said, the former president claims to hate corruption, he claims to be someone who is a strong advocate for probity and accountability.
He should answer the questions I have asked him about the Abacha cash. ‘’How did his [Rawlings] wife bought the Nsawam Cannery? I am told they have 15 per cent shares in Ghana Rubber Estates, is that true? How come the Black Star Shipping Line was sold? I petitioned CHRAJ for the man to come and respond but he did not respond. So I would want to appeal to Nana Addo to use the Special Prosecutor in investigation Mr. Rawlings.
He should be probed to answer these questions. The Special Prosecutor says he will not spare anybody and I will entreat him to go to the top and start with Rawlings. He should follow the Brazilian example because they’ve gone for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva a former president and jailed him,’’ he stated.
Dr. Lartey has also asked that the Special Prosecutor question Mr. Rawlings over what happened to the remaining £30 million loan from the initial £31.5 million that was issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland to International Generics (for which Mrs. Rawlings was the primary benefactor through a ‘frontman’ named Leon Tamman) under the British Export Guarantee Facility for the construction of La Palm Hotel and Coco Palm Hotel? Aside that, he is questioning if it was true that the Rawlings were using transporting gold to Switzerland on a regular basis? Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings,’ company, Carridem Development Company (CDC), a limited liability company, bought Nsawam Food Cannery for 2.9 billion cedis.
Mrs. Rawlings told an Accra High Court in 2006 that CDC paid the money to the Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC) in instalments with the last installment being paid in 2000.
Dr Henry Lartey recently dragged Mr. Rawlings to CHRAJ and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) following the latter’s admission that he indeed received a 2 million dollar gift from former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha in 1998.