Ghana investigators want to question British actor over alleged £5m air bribery scandal

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British actor Phil Middlemiss (left). (Photo: The Sun)

A BRITISH television actor, Phil Middlemiss, is wanted for questioning by Ghana police over an alleged £5million air bribery scandal.

The former actor, who played womanising bookie Des Barnes in Britain’s most popular television series Coronation Street for eight years in the 1990s, was named by investigators in Ghana, says a report by the UK’s largest-circulation The Sun newspaper.

According to The Sun, Middlemiss, 56, moved to Ghana after leaving the TV soap opera to make a film but ran out of funding before it was finished.

He then worked as a ‘travel consultant’ and said in one interview his best friend’s brother was vice-president of the country.

But he is being sought for questioning over the £50million sale of three Airbus C-295 military planes to Ghana.

The country’s former president John Dramani Mahama is accused of having links to a corrupt network which received kickbacks during the contract process, the paper added.

Ghana’s special prosecutor Martin Amidu launched a formal investigation in February and he announced he had summoned four people and released their passport details online.

They include Middlemiss, who lives in a smart £400,000 detached property in Greater Manchester despite him being declared bankrupt in 2012 over unpaid taxes.

Two other Britons and a UK/Ghanaian citizen are wanted for questioning.

In January, Airbus agreed to pay a £3bn fine after the UK, the US and French authorities launched a joint investigation into the use of middlemen to sell planes.

In March, Amidu revealed Middlemiss was suspected of working as a project manager for Airbus.

Ghana’s Office of the Special Prosecutor issued a public notice saying the four ‘are hereby invited to assist the on-going investigation of bribery and corruption’ totalling more than 5million euros.

The investigation also includes ‘collaborating with Ghanaian public officers to use their public office for private profit or benefit in the purchase of three C-295 aircraft by the Government of Ghana from Airbus.’

 

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