Tuesday, 7 June 2016

NEWS::---Former Governor of Delta State Ibori cries out from prison

Ibori cries out from prison

– Ibori, though in prison in Britain, is
accusing the British authorities of
misconduct relating to the case against
him
– Ibori is in a British jail for alleged
corruption while in office as governor
of Delta state in Nigeria between 1999
and 2007
– Ibori’s lawyers are now questioning
the process that led to his conviction,
according to Judge David Tomlinson at
Southwark Crown Court
Lawyers to former governor of Delta state, James
Ibori, have accused Britain’s prosecuting authorities
of serious misconduct, The Will is reporting.
Embattled former governor James Ibori in a British
prison
The lawyers made the allegation at a London court
on Monday 6, 2016.
Breaking down the alleged misconduct, the lawyers
said the prosecution team failed to properly
disclose information to the defence in relation to
alleged corruption by a British police officer
involved in the investigation.
It also accused the prosecution of making misleading
statements in court.
Ibori is in a British jail for alleged corruption while
in office as governor of Delta state in Nigeria
between 1999 and 2007.
He is reportedly serving a 13-year sentence after
pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and
money-laundering, according to The Will which
quoted Reuters.
his heyday, Ibori was a power broker at the heart of
the People’s Democratic Party, which was then ruling
Africa’s most populous country and top oil producer.
The conviction in Britain of the former governor, a
prominent power broker in the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) was seen, according to Reuters, as a
high point in efforts to fight corruption in Nigeria,
an endemic problem there.
Ibori’s lawyers are now questioning the process that
led to his conviction, according to Judge David
Tomlinson at Southwark Crown Court.



Prosecution lawyer Jonathan Kinnear, who took over
the case earlier this year after the previous team
stood down, reportedly said the Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) was conducting a review into whether
Ibori’s convictions were sound and expected to
conclude it in August.
Reuters said if the allegations of prosecutorial
misconduct were confirmed and one or more of
Ibori’s convictions were quashed, it would be a major
embarrassment for Britain at a time when it is trying
to make a big push in the fight against corruption.
Ibori’s defence team have applied for the court
proceedings to be permanently halted, especially as
it relates to the confiscation of Ibori’s assets, which
have been dragging on for years.
However, the judge said approving the application
amounts to a challenge on Ibori’s convictions, a
matter that should probably be dealt with by the
Court of Appeal.
“I am being invited to trespass into
matters which are beyond my
jurisdiction,” he said.