Ibori: London Court adjourns till 17 March
James Ibori matter at the Southwark Crown Court was adjourned today till 17th March 2017.
Ibori confirmed he will appeal his conviction for money laundering because because the trial was riddled with corruption.
Among other things, the court was today told that:
1. An investigating police officer demanded £600,000 bribe to make the matter go away.
2. During the initial trial, the CPS failed to confirm whether any of the investigating officers is under investigation. In fact they denied only for it later to emerge that an officer involved with the investigation was indeed under investigation.
3. An investigating officer received payments of unspecified amounts of money.
4. In January 2012 prosecution was aware there is a file containing information that an officer involved with the investigation was in debt of £40,000 credit card debt.
Elombah.com London correspondent that monitored the trial reported that the court could not fix a date for a confiscation hearing to enable Ibori file his appeal, much to the frustration of the presiding Judge.
Ibori's Counsel requested for the adjournment in the hope that the appeal would have been filed before 17th March, thereby putting the confiscation hearing on hold.
The former governor of Delta state told Elombah.com after the hearing that he looks forward to going back to Nigeria.
On Tuesday a London court ruled that former Delta state governor James Ibori, could return to Nigeria.
A confident Ibori immediately signalled a possible political comeback in the country.
He told Reuters he would return within days to Nigeria.
Ibori was released from British prison in December after serving half of his 13-year sentence, taking into account pre-trial detention.
“What happens in African politics – you are in it until you die,” Ibori told Reuters in London on Tuesday.
“I am a politician, I will always be a politician. I play the politics in my party and in my country for the good of my people,” he said after a court hearing, part of ongoing legal proceedings in his case.
Nigerian media reported that Ibori’s release had prompted dancing in the streets in parts of Delta State.