Monday, July 25, 2011

Alleged $35m laundering: Ibori’s trial may begin in November

The Nation
23 July 2011

The trial of ex-Delta State governor, James Ibori over alleged laundering of about $35 million may begin in November.

But the ex-governor is still kept in custody by the UK authorities pending the commencement of his trial.

A group, Niger Delta Liberty Initiative, yesterday demanded the release of the former Delta State governor.

Investigation showed that at the resumption of the hearing of Ibori’s case at the
Southwark Crown Court
on Friday, the ex-governor was absent because the court has not fixed a date for his trial.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: "Actually, the ex-governor did not come to the court, because he is still in custody.

"What transpired at the court was mainly on the commencement date of the trial of Ibori. Although the counsel argued for and against, the trial may begin on November 14.

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