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Panel absolves Akinwumi Adesina of corruption charges

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

President of African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr Akinwumi Adesina has been completely absolved of ethical wrongdoings.

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

A report of an Independent Review Panel led by a former Irish President, Mary Robinson, said Adesina is not guilty of any infraction alleged by petitioners.

The Independent Review Panel was set up by the Bureau of Governors of the Bank, following a complaint by the United States, to review the process by which two previous organs of the Bank – the Ethics Committee of the Board, and the Bureau of the Board of Governors – had previously exonerated Adesina.

The distinguished three-member Independent Review Panel include Mary Robinson, who is a former President of the Republic of Ireland, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Chairperson of the Elders, a global body of wise persons concerned with the world’s wellbeing; the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gambia, Mr. Hassan B. Jallow; and Mr. Leonard F. McCarthy, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Director for the Office of Serious Economic Offences, and a former Head of the Directorate of Special Operations of South Africa.

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