London - Britain’s state prosecution agency on Thursday said former Delta State Governor James Ibori’s convictions remain valid, Newsday reports.
The pronouncement came despite evidence that a British police officer took bribes during the investigation of his case.
Ibori, who as governor from 1999 to 2007, is serving a 13-year sentence in a British prison after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering.
He is the most senior Nigerian politician to have been held to account for the corruption that has blighted Africa’s most populous nation for decades.
His convictions were hailed as a highpoint in the international fight against graft.
Legal experts have confirmed that the Crown Prosecution’s position cannot be sustained on any conceivable level. It flies in the face of all known constitutional safeguards and undermines every sense of fair and open justice. It cannot be that corrupt police officers and the withholding of Key material permits a fair trial. It is not how the English legal system operates according to Vanguard.
The Crown prosecutions position appear totally absurd, moreover as the report apparently suggests that the Crown Prosecution Service through its legal counsel Sasha Wass QC and Esther Shutzer-Weissman are deliberately misled the Court of Appeal.
- News 24