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Ibori appeals 2012 fraud conviction

A former governor of Delta State, Mr. James Ibori, has appealed his 2012 fraud conviction by a United Kingdom court.

A Southwark Crown court had on April 17, 2012, sentenced Ibori to 13 years in prison after the ex-governor pleaded guilty to 10 counts of money laundering and stealing $250 million from the treasury.

Media assistant to Ibori, Tony Eluemunor, in a statement said the ex-Gov’s lawyer informed the Southwark London court, on Friday, March 17, 2017, during an ongoing asset seizure trial that he has filed an appeal on Ibori’s behalf at the British Court of Appeal.

Following the development, the confiscation trial which is being presided over by David Tomlinson was adjourned indefinitely.

“In light of the information, the court indefinitely adjourned the ongoing proceedings on the confiscation case.

“He was unlawfully detained for 33 days between November 20 and December 22, 2015,” Eluemunor said.

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