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James Onanefe Ibori appeals against London court conviction

by on March 20, 2017
Fomer Delta State Governor, James Onanefe Ibori, has filed an appeal in the British Court of Appeal against his 2012 convic­tion.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his Me­dia Assistant, Mr. Tony Eluemunor, Ibori said his counsel informed the Southwark London Court on Friday that they have filed the appeal on Ibori’s behalf. As a re­sult, the court then in­definitely adjourned the on-going proceedings concerning the second confiscation hearing. The original three- week confiscation hearing be­fore Judge Pitts in Sep­tember 2013 was unable to make any finding of theft from Delta State.
The British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has, since Febru­ary 2016, been under­taking a mammoth dis­closure exercise and so far substantial material evidencing the police corruption and miscon­duct has been disclosed. The CPS has gagged the media from reporting on this.
David Rose of the London Mail and Sun­day newspaper as well as other reporters have made applications in open court for the re­lease of this material. Mr. Rose, for instance, argued it is in the public interest to do so, as Ibori and linked-cases are said to have been corrupted by Metropolitan Police corruption, prosecution misconduct and sig­nificant non-disclosure of key material which undermines the convic­tions.
For instance, a BBC report of July 2, 2016, titled: ‘Ibori lawyer awarded £20,000 by Crown Prosecution Ser­vice’ mentioned police and prosecution’s mis­behavior as well as their massive misleading of the courts. According to the report, “The extraor­dinary payment is just the latest twist in a legal case that has led to inves­tigations into allegations of police corruption and a cover-up of key evi­dence”.
The BBC report con­tinued: “In May (2016), the CPS acknowledged that it had intelligence that supports the asser­tion that a Metropolitan Police officer was paid for information.
On Tuesday, 7 June 2016, Stephen Kam­lish, QC, represent­ing Bhadresh Gohil, submitted further cor­roboration of the seri­ous misconduct by the prosecutors in the case – Sasha Wass QC and Es­ther Shutzer-Weissman and how both knowingly conspired to pervert the course of justice by or­chestrating a cover-up of the corruption and their own past miscon­ducts. However, the most shocking episode concerns the willful mis­leading of the Court of Appeal in the Gohil ap­peal of 2014.
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