James Ibori refused bail in Dubai… ordered to be retained in custody following Court injunction.

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James Ibori, awaiting trial in UK and Nigeria.
James Ibori, awaiting trial in UK and Nigeria.

United kingdom Police are closed up on the extradition of former governor of Delta state and political stakeholder in the last dispensation under the departed President Umaru Yar’Adua, James Ibori following a court order refusing him bail by a Dubai Court.

The Dubai Public Prosecution Service refused him bail on Thursday following a court appearance.

Ibori is wanted by Police in the United kingdom investigating cases of fraud and money laundering. He had first appeared on charges of money laundering last May in the United Arab Emirate..

Source said Ibori will remain in provisional custody until further notice.

Dubai police arrested Ibori following a warrant issued against him by Interpol.

He remains wanted for interrogation in the UK and authorities in Nigeria, including anti graft agency, EFCC are hitching to interrogate the former political super-lord who had evoked many tricks to escape  from long hands of the law.

During the current hearing in the court, Counsel Ali Mousabeh, who is representing Ibori, said that a court in Nigeria had cleared his client of a $85 million fraud charge.

“He has been acquitted of 172 counts laid against him by the Commission of Fighting Economic and Financial Crimes in Nigeria in 2007, which ranged from corruption, hijacking and blowing up a plane.”

He was also accused of corruption in a $290 million fraud case during his stint as governor of Delta State for eight years from 1999 to 2007.

But the police could not arrest him because of violent demonstrations in his support in his local home base in Nigeria.

Mousabeh, in his bail plea, said  his client was a frequent visitor to the UK and was never arrested, indicted or interrogated there.

He also said that his client did not commit any crime in the UAE and argued that the accusations against him in his home country were politically motivated.

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Dubai-police

Ibori was a major factor behind the rise of former president Umaru Yar’Adua in 2007. Umaru died a week before Ibori’s arrest in Dubai and Nigerian Vice-president Goodluck Jonathan took over the pesidency vowing to fight corruption in Nigeria.

Additional source: mary@khaleejtimes.com