Ibori: Judgement day at London trial

Update: indications are the jury is still out, and their deliberations continue: It is Judgement day in the long running trial if the associates of James Ibori- Udoamaka Okoronkwo, Christine Ibori and Bimpe Pogoson – at the Southwark Crown Court now in its 12th week. reporter at the Southwark court reported that the judge summed up his direction to the twelve member jury of about 5 blacks, 2 Asian and 5 whites.

The reporter also said the Judge seemed to include things in the testimonies which weren’t there when he was summarising the facts and evidence of the case to the jury because one of the counsels pointed that out later and the court termed them as immaterial facts.

As the jury starts their deliberation today, expectations are high that they could have their noon beak and return to deliver their verdict later in the day. (indications are the jury is still out, and their deliberations continue tomorow)

The three women reported to be in “good spirits” yesterday afternoon were charged with mortgage fraud and money laundering.

Meanwhile the process for the extradition of former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, following his arrest by INTERPOL last Wednesday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, began on Monday.

Operatives of the Metropolitan Police Service and the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) exchanged intelligence and documents in Dubai that would pave the way for his extradition to London to face money laundering charges.

Chief Ibori, was granted bail last week as the former Delta State governor was arrested at the request of the Metropolitan police for various alleged financial offences perpetrated during his tenure as governor of the oil-rich Niger Delta State.