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 Martin Amidu issues disclaimer over controversial galloper vehicles

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 Martin Amidu issues disclaimer over controversial galloper vehicles
* Source: Joy Online

Former Attorney General Martin Amidu has issued a disclaimer to a purported withdrawal from the courts the controversial judgement debt scandal on galloper vehicles.

Africa Automobile Limited is demanding some $1.5 billion in damages from the government of Ghana for breach of contract in the supply of some 87 galloper vehicles it imported to Ghana in 2001.

The company proceeded with a suit in court demanding payments for the liabilities.

But there was an out of court settlement in 2011 with government negotiating with the company.

Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa had blamed the erstwhile New Patriotic Party for the claims being demanded by AAL and accused them for being “irresponsible” in handling the agreement.

He said the NDC considers the $1.5 billion claims by AAL outrageous and is negotiating with them.

According to him, both parties-government and AAL- appear to be deadlocked on the matter and the possibility of heading back to court is quite high.

But on MultiTV and Joy FM news analysis programme Newsfile, Saturday, former Attorney General Martin Amidu stated emphatically that it could not have been possible that he ordered the withdrawal of the case from the court in 2011.

In a text message sent to host Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, Martin Amidu said he as Attorney General was never privy to the case involving AAL and could not have advised for an out of court settlement.

He wondered who expressed that power of the principal state attorney to opt for an out of court settlement.


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