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UPDATE: Read Latest On James Ibori's Money Laundering Case

A London court heard on Friday, October 7, an appeal instituted by convicted Nigerian politician, James Ibori that the British police and lawyers involved in his case were themselves corrupt.


The former Delta governor is serving a 13-year sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering.

Ibori is due to be released in December after serving half his sentence, taking into account pre-trial detention, Reuters reported.

While in office, Ibori was said to have acquired luxury properties in Britain, the United States, South Africa and Nigeria.



His lawyer Ivan Krolick told Southwark Crown Court yesterday that Ibori was “95 percent certain” to challenge his conviction in the Court of Appeal based on documents that have only recently been disclosed to the defence by the prosecution.

At the same hearing, Stephen Kamlish, a lawyer for Ibori associate and convicted money launderer Bhadresh Gohil, said the documents showed there had been widespread police corruption followed by a cover-up that was still going on now.

One of Ibori’s lawyers told Reuters it was not clear whether he would be able to return to Nigeria immediately, because legal proceedings concerning the confiscation of assets of his, worth tens of millions of dollars, were unresolved.

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