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Gold Mafia: Al Jazeera refuse to remove publication or apologize to Akufo-Addo

Al Jazeera international media organization said it will not apologize to President Akufo-Addo for his recent investigative documentary, “Gold Mafia”. Al Jazeera said it had no apology to the president or his office because it did not allege the issues outlined in Jubilee House’s letter requesting a retraction and apology.

The Doha-based company announced this in response to JoyNews’ Kwaku Asante email on Thursday, May 4, asking for a copy of his response to the president on the matter. Gold Mafia: We won’t back down or apologize to Akufo-Addo – Al Jazeera.

“We have responded to the letter from the office of the President, correcting certain parts of the text and clarifying various points. “Since the documentary does not actually allege what the office of the president proposed, we will not apologize or remove it from publication,” the excerpt from Al Jazeera’s response said.

However, they did not share a copy of their response with the president saying it was confidential. “Our response to the office of the president was through a confidential letter,” the response concluded.

Jubilee House, in an April 25 letter, asked Al Jazeera to apologize for portraying President Akufo-Addo in their damned documentary. The letter, signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, states 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 (Al Jazeera) Media Network and apologize for broadcasting an inappropriate documentary accurately and unfairly contain false and unsubstantiated allegations against the President and Government of Ghana.

But Al Jazeera said it corrected and also clarified some of the content of the Jubilee House letter. How Ghana appeared in Al Jazeera’s ‘Golden Mafia’ documentary In early April, Ghana appeared in a damning investigative documentary about several gold smuggling and money laundering organizations in Zimbabwe.

In the final episode, undercover journalists posing as Chinese robbers interact with one of the main parties, Alistair Mathias, to help them launder their dirty money. Mr Alistair, described in the article as a financial architect, told reporters posing as criminals that he had successfully coordinated such corporations.

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 plans, 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, earning between $40-60 million a month in the West African country.

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 for him to keep their resources safely hidden.

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, this.

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.

In this case, 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. Whenever they want, they tell me and I send it.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo says he has 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.

 

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