Gold mafia: Nana Addo in big trouble? lawyer clears air

The legal counsel to President Akufo-Addo has refuted the claims made by an infamous gold trader exposed in Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia investigative documentary, regarding his relationship with the President.

Mr. Kow Essuman has categorically stated that the President does not know the gold dealer and his associates. In a tweet on Sunday, April 16, Mr Essuman emphasized that the President has not been involved in private practice since 2000 and that his law firm, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co, has never acted as legal representatives for Alistair Mathias or Guldrest.

He stated, “The President has not been in private practice since 2000, neither has the President nor his law firm, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co, acted as a lawyer for this Alistair Mathias or Guldrest. The President does not know this Mathias or Guldrest. Ignore the spurious allegations.”

The gold trader exposed in Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia investigative documentary had claimed that President Akufo-Addo is his friend and lawyer. However, the President’s legal counsel has debunked these claims.

Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia investigation uncovered a syndicate of criminals involved in gold smuggling and money laundering worth billions of dollars in Southern Africa. The individuals involved in this gold smuggling syndicate have business networks that span across the continent and operate in many other countries, including Ghana.

Alistair Mathias, identified by the investigative reporters as a financial architect who constructs money laundering schemes for corrupt politicians, was approached by undercover journalists posing as Chinese criminals to help them launder money from China. While trying to strike a deal, Mathias alleged that President Akufo-Addo is his friend and former lawyer, despite the President’s legal counsel’s statement to the contrary.

Mathias had earlier claimed that he smuggles $40 million worth of gold from Ghana monthly, which amounts to $480 million worth of gold annually.

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