‘Ibori To Appeal Sentence Over Fresh Evidence’

By Ola Adeola

James Ibori, former governor of Delta State, jailed for corruption in Britain, may appeal his sentence due to complete in December.

According to Dailymail, Ibori may take the step on the grounds that British police and lawyers involved in his case were themselves corrupt. This follows a current litigation heard Friday between Ibori’s lawyers and the British police.

Ibori’s lawyer Ivan Krolick reportedly told Southwark Crown Court that Ibori was “95 percent certain” to challenge his conviction in the Court of Appeal based on the documents received from the prosecution.

The document had showed 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.

It was said that at the time the said police officer took bribe, Ibori was still in Nigeria.

Since Bhadresh Gohil, jailed for laundering money for Ibori, has filed a similar suit, it is believed the former governor will do same.

But the prosecution has dismissed suggestion Ibori’s conviction was unjustified.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Ibori was thoroughly investigated and that no one was jailed that deserved otherwise.

The CPS has said it found “material to support the assertion that a police officer received payment in return for information”. It did not use the word “evidence”, suggesting it did not consider the material in question amounted to proof.

Ibori is serving a 13-year sentence but due to be released in December.

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