Judge Anthony Pitts of the Southwark Crown Court, on Monday, adjourned the confiscation hearing of former Delta State Governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, till June 6, 2016 to enable him attend to a case of attempt to pervert the course of justice brought against Mr. Bradresh Gohil, as hearing resumed.
A British Police Officer, Mcdonald, a lead investigating officer in the case involving Gohil and Ibori had been involved in collecting money for information involving Gohil and Risk Management Company.
While pressing home his demand, Gohil’s counsel said “there are new evidence indicating that DC Macdonald exchanged 22 telephone calls which have been traced with Risk Management at key stages of the investigation of Ibori which coincided with unexplained payment into DC Macdonald’s account”.
Judge Pitts while granting Gohil’s counsel’s request in the trial said “justice must not only be done but must be seen to have been done”.
This is a second abrupt ending in the Ibori confiscation case. The first ended late last year on the grounds that the Judge lacked enough evidence to arrive at a decision in the confiscation hearing.
Asking that the case be adjourned again on two grounds, Mr. Gohil’s counsel, Kamlish, a Queen’s Counsel said: “Your Honour I seek to have this case adjourned on two grounds: Gohil is not being represented at the hearing as the former counsel and solicitor have withdrawn and the second ground being that it will be improper to have a confiscation hearing before Mr. Gohil’s trial. The Judge, while accepting the request, adjourned Mr. Gohil’s trial till January 16, 2016.
This adjournment of Gohil’s trial affected Ibori’s confiscation hearing as the prosecution sought an application to join Ibori’s and Gohil’s cases together. Ibori’s case should have lasted for just six weeks, but will now be yoked to Gohil’s which begins next January.
Source: Daily Independent