Ibori Appeal Against UK Graft Conviction Thrown Out





Ibori been cheered by the APC leader, Tinubu at his daughter's wedding
Ex governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori who was jailed in Britain for money laundering has lost an appeal against his conviction in London on Wednesday.

Ibori, who in his heyday was one of Nigeria’s richest and most powerful men, pleaded guilty in a London court in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering involving sums amounting to at least 50 million pounds ($66 million).

Ibori was handed a 13-year jail sentence of which he served half, as is common in the British system, and is now back in Nigeria.

Anti-corruption campaigners had hailed the case as a milestone for Nigeria, where no one of his stature had been successfully prosecuted, and for its former colonial ruler Britain, long seen as too complacent about the proceeds of Nigerian corruption being laundered in the UK.

Ibori owned multi-million-pound homes in Britain, South Africa and United States, including an English country house near the private school where his children were being educated. He also owned a Jaguar and a Bentley and was buying a $20-million private jet at the time of his arrest.

Wednesday’s ruling will allow Britain to resume efforts to confiscate millions of dollars’ worth of assets and return them to Nigerian public coffers. The assets have been frozen for years while the case has dragged for long in the courts.

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