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Monday, 10 October 2016

Ex-governor James Ibori to appeal conviction, alleges British police and lawyers involved in his case are corrupt

Former Delta State governor, James Ibori who is jailed in Britain for corruption, is likely to appeal against his conviction on the grounds that British police and lawyers involved in his case were themselves corrupt, a London court heard on Friday, October 7th.
 
Ibori, is serving a 13-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering. 
While in office, Ibori acquired luxury properties in Britain, the United States, South Africa and Nigeria.

His jailing in Britain, where he had laundered millions of pounds and sent his children to an expensive private school, was hailed as a high point in the international fight against graft and an important signal to other corrupt politicians.

But his lawyer Ivan Krolick told Southwark Crown Court on Friday that Ibori was "95 percent certain" to challenge his conviction in the Court of Appeal based on documents that have only recently been disclosed to the defence by the prosecution.

At the same hearing, Stephen Kamlish, a lawyer for Ibori associate and convicted money launderer Bhadresh Gohil, said the documents showed there had been widespread police corruption followed by a cover-up that was still going on now.

The main allegation is that a police officer involved in the Ibori probe took payments for information in 2007 from a firm of private detectives working on Ibori's behalf. At the time, Ibori had not been arrested and was still in Nigeria, but knew that British police were investigating his finances. Kamlish said prosecution lawyers had known there was evidence of police corruption but had failed to disclose it to defence lawyers. Krolick told Reuters on the sidelines of Friday's court hearing that Ibori did not know about the payments at the time.

However, the police have said that the allegation was thoroughly investigated and that no one was arrested or charged, and no misconduct identified. The officer against whom the allegations have been made is still in active service.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), after a lengthy internal investigation, said in September it was confident that the convictions of Ibori and Gohil remained valid.
The CPS has said it found "material to support the assertion that a police officer received payment in return for information".

But the CPS conceded in September that the material should have been disclosed to the defence, and handed over thousands of documents to defence lawyers. Those were the documents that Kamlish and Krolick were referring to in court on Friday.
Gohil has already filed an appeal against his conviction. Krolick said Ibori was likely to do so once his legal team had finished going through all the newly disclosed documents.

As is normal under British procedures, Ibori is due to be released in December after serving half his sentence, taking into account pre-trial detention. Gohil, a British former lawyer, has already been released after serving half of a 10-year term for his role in laundering Ibori's millions.

One of Ibori's lawyers told Reuters it was not clear whether he would be able to return to Nigeria immediately, because legal proceedings concerning the confiscation of assets of his, worth tens of millions of dollars, were unresolved. They were supposed to have been resolved years ago, but have ground to a halt due to the allegations of police corruption and the prospect of Ibori taking his case to the Court of Appeal.

Source: Reuters

26 comments:

OSINANL said...

*SIGH*
HE SHOULD ROT THERE

Ogenah Boris said...

His case has taken longer

APPLE said...

Thief. Ole, Barawo, Onye Oshi.

Saphire Muna said...

You pleaded guilty sir . self confessed .. What are you appealing again....













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freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Heavenly innocent man noting do u.
THEY SHOULD LEAVE THIS INNOCENT MAN ALONE. IF HIS FROM HAUSA OR YORUBA WILL THIS BE HAPPENING TO HIM HUH? LETS SAY THE TRUTH.
u are innocent if some one like Northern and yoruba leaders are moving freely ur release is assured.
















#sad indeed

hustle 2 get married no be here.. said...

I pity this man.Have mercy on this man.

Niyi Daramola said...

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was so angry and afraid that she could contract disease from there, I
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Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hmmmm

dj banti said...

Make they free that man o
Godtakeover

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

kettle calling pot black?

Ndubisi Tochukwu said...

see this fraudulent man o...common relax for jail jare
Signed
LibBadBoy

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Lol.. he's accusing others of corruption? The irony!

Bonita Bislam said...

Duh

Juliet Iwuno said...

Onye oshi, remain there mbok! Linda take note!

Odibe Blessing said...

Odiegwu!!!such is life,when u were busy enjoying Public fund imaro na uwa ga adi otua

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

ike manuel said...

See father of corruption calling people corrupt.. Hopeless Oloshi

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

Chizzy Liz said...

******************************yes na ******de have to be corrupt*****bcos dem no dey gree do am d Nigerian way !!!!!!! Ndi Ekperima !!!!!!! Na una milk dix country dry !!!!!!!!!

Chizzy Liz said...

******************************yes na ******de have to be corrupt*****bcos dem no dey gree do am d Nigerian way !!!!!!! Ndi Ekperima !!!!!!! Na una milk dix country dry !!!!!!!!!

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Dont feel like reading nothing though...
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Yusuf Dimas said...

Seriously? At least he's felt what it's like to be in prison. He should just thank his stars that he didn't end up in one in Naija!

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Anonymous said...

nawa ooo, too bad

ama ruddy said...

Eyaa... God help him

Frank said...

If only uduaghan did half what dis guy did and went to prison too or walk free delta won't be west than ibori left it..

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