UK Money Laundering Trial Of James Ibori Commences; Delta State Sponsors 50 Supporters To London

Ibori's supporters sponsored by the Delta state government at the court premises
By SaharaReporters, New York

James Onanefe Ibori arrived at the Southwark Crown Court 1 before Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC today to face series of charges over the theft of $290 million from Delta State, over which he was governor for eight years.

Ibori appearance this morning was for a preliminary hearing to determine if Mr. Ibori should face trial with Elias Preko.  Mr. Preko, a Ghanaian and former Goldman Sachs banker, was Ibori's London financial adviser, and he was brought to court as well.  He had been named in a series of deals involving Ibori, Henry Imashekka and Orji Kalu, the former governor of Abia State, in offshore accounts in Guernsey.  Specifically, Mr. Preko was involved in setting up offshore accounts in Guernsey where Ibori deposited £ 3 million and he was also fingered in the purchase of a $20 million purchase of a private jet for Ibori. Ibori's case Number is T20117192. 

Curiously, today, about 50 Ibori supporters of took over the premises of the Southwark Crown Court, perhaps in a pre-determined strategy to ensure that the court is not dominated by eager Nigerians who see Ibori as a symbol of the corruption in their homeland. SaharaReporters learnt that most of the "supporters" were sponsored the Delta state government.
 
The supporters occupied the court for a few hours before the commencement of the preliminary hearing.  At about 11.51 a.m., however, court officials called in security men to evacuate them as another case unrelated to Ibori was about to commence.  The security officials had a brief argument with some of the supporters who wanted to make sure they secured seats as a result of the number of people in court.  Court officials stood their ground and space was made at the court gallery to allow the preceding case to commence.

The leader of the supporters group, Jaro Egbo, later told SaharaReporters  that they came to plead with the UK government to tamper justice with mercy.  He drew a parallel with the Libya Lockerbie bomber, who was freed on health grounds.

12:12p.m.: The preceding case ends, Ibori’s supporters rush in to take over the seats at the gallery.

12:22 PM:  Judge Rivlin comes in.

12:33: Court Clerk announces the preliminary hearing of James Ibori and Elias Preko, who is said to be on bail.  Prosecuting counsel announces that Mr. Preko is expected to be in court.  Mr. Preko, in a dark suit, light blue shirt and a grey tie, is soon seated in the dock, a glass cubicle, guarded by a male and female guard.
 
At 12:35 James Ibori is brought into court.  He is asked by the judge, “Are you James Ibori?” to which Ibori answers, “Yes my lord.”

Ibori is wearing a blue suit on a light blue shirt.  He does not glance at the gallery.  He is focusing on the prosecutor and the lawyers in front of him. Ibori listens carefully as lead crown prosecutor, Sasha Walsh, QC, speaks extensively on the case.

The Crown prosecutor insists that Ibori is to be jointly tried with Mr Preko, and announces that Ibori is in court as a result of extradition from Dubai.  She says that Ibori has a series of cases against him that are quite serious and complex, but that as a result of adjudication, his case his very straight forward now.  Judge Devlin agrees with that prosecutor that with progress made so far in adjudication, his cases should be more straightforward now.

Crown submits that Oba Nsuigbe, QC, and his other counsel should be familiar with the earlier cases and so Crown would not expect them to make claims that would delay trial. She says that papers where served in the current case electronically and all parties are aware of the details.

 Crown prosecutor says she believes that the accused should have joint trials as they have a joint indictment so it could be manageable, and hopefully, the case will not be as long as the first trial by Judge Christopher Hardy which had netted Ibori’s sister, mistress and later his wife and his London lawyer.  The Crown prosecutor submits she is looking at rounding up, latest December 2011.

Crown claims Ibori is facing a lot of money laundry allegations, Section 74 application pushed by the Crown so that early convictions should be allowed to be used in the case and so jury would be aware.

The judge ordered that prosecutors scale down the number of counts so that the case would be manageable  and not confusing for the jury.

 Ibori's lead counsel is Nicholas Purnell QC of Cloth Fair Chambers in London.  He argues that all the submissions made by prosecutor are premature and unfair.  Nsuigbe agrees with the lead defence.

Judge Rivlin then agrees with the defence that the decision for and against joint indictment should not be taken today.

The judge says so much will depend on how successful the section application becomes.  He wants the case to commence in November and does not want the case to drag longer, saying that the case commencing after Christmas will be difficult.

Crown says they are very anxious for commencement of the trial.  The defence insist that without having seen any papers at all they would find it difficult to commence.

The judge says the case should not take more than 10 weeks if it is a joint trial, but insists the trial won't be easy, regardless.

The judge says he is uneasy that the defence is claiming not to have details of the case, saying he is sure defence lawyer are as knowledgeable as he is about the case.

 The judge, prosecutor and Defence counsel agree to an adjournment for ruling regarding a joint trial for 10:00 am on July 22, 2011.

At 1:03p.m., the judge decides to rise to consult on date.  The court rises and Ibori looks around the gallery and waves to his supporters.  They all wave back.  He appears to enjoy the attention but could not muster much of a smile. 

 1:11p.m.: Judge comes back and says 22nd July is doable.

He says he can excuse Ibori's presence at the next adjourned date.  The prosecutor announces all papers now reserved during the break.  Oba Nsugbe applies that Preko comes in from Ghana and should be given the privilege to retrieve the £250,000 earlier deposited for Preko bail bond.  The judge insists Preko should attend the next trial and that the money should remain with the court.

At 1:16p.m, Ibori is led out of the cubicle back to prison.  He waves to gallery as his crest fallen supporters file out of the court room.

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Free my mentor

Please uk free ibori for us and we are missing him and we need him now in delta state and nigeria now

Take my life and set innocent Ibori freeeee

Is there any 1 of u who can boastfully say, i am as whyte as snow and have not committed a theft? Remember d case of d disciples, dat woman and Jesus in d Bible, U. K "stop this madness" if not, I will tell you d origin of osama bin laden. It's a promise. let Ibori be free as d birds in the sky.

Pettition

ONE HONOURABLE Government OFFICIALS in DELTA STATE HAVE SOME OIL COMPANY IN HONG KONG,DUBAI,AND CANADA,HE CALLS HIS NAME GERALD ROBERT.

BUT I DONT WANT TO CALL HIS ORIGINAL NAME,HE HAVE OIL COMPANY IN CANADA,THE NAME OF THE COMPANY IS GERALD OIL FIRM.

INFACT LETS WATCHOUT.

THANKS
ANDY RAMAHCH.

Response to Atubaba..

Atubaba needs to come down from his tree, monkeys of nowadays have been rehabilitated. You are a big shame to the people of Delta State.

silly u

shortup there is every where.
don't ever talk down on Nigeria

It invariably means that

It invariably means that James ibori lied under oath, whilst being an ex convict as a result of his previous cases in the UK which has come to fore he was not even qualified to run under any elective position(s) in Nigeria.That is another matter that Lawyers should look at so that they will erase his name from all statute books becuase his tenure in Delta State was marred with large scale looting of the treasury with his brother Uduaghan whose day shall surely come soon and also killings as per Warri Crisis and amasing monies from security votes.Empowerment has been redefined by his supporters to mean something else, i pray for them to get knowledge.

The next campaign should be

The next campaign should be to chase those people out of whichever hotels they will be.They must be planning to come again at tax payers funds.This is utterly shameful.Ibori's allies including wife, sister and concubine are in Jail after passing through competent courts on matters relating to the said Ibori, is the handwriting not clearly on the wall that this criminal Ibori will do more time in jail than his people who are already there?People should rationally ask themselves what his sources have income was before becoming governor?

ENYMIES ARE NOT TO BE KILLED

IF IBORI IS WRONG, THE WRONG DOING FAVOUR SOME AND HURT SOME AS THEY CLAIMED. BUT NO ONE WILL WANT HIM DEATH OR JAILED IF HE IS UR FAVORITE. THERE IS NEVER ABSOLUTE. AS GOOD AS CHRIST, HE LOSE ONE OUT OF TWELVE.IF WE RE TO FOLLOW THE WORDS OF HUMAN, EVERY PERSON IS GUILTY OR WRONG OR EVIL DOER IN THE EYES OF THEIR ENEMY. I'M ASHAMED AND DON'T KNOW THE GAIN OR BENEFIT DELTAINS WILL GAIN IF THEY LOSE IBORI. NEITHER WILL THEY RECEIVE THE MONEY IN QUESTION. LEAVE HIM ALONE.

shame to country nigeria!

shame to country nigeria! lotters, kidnapping, assasination, boomblast,capital flight, you name it, all are the embodiments of nigeria.

Atubaba

Atubaba, you sound like the most irresponsible person in the world. How on earth do you support what Ibori did? Do you know all his accomplices are in jail now including his lawyer? Do you also know that his shameless mistress, Udoamaka nee Onuigbo (the married harlot) also in jail and has a child by him? Think twicw bro.

LEAVE HIM ALONE

FOR God sake if u are not a deltan pls just shot ur dirty mouth cos the same Ibori gave alot of graduates jobs in his time, so Tell me which nigerian presidents or governors that is clean not even the one in power now. let them leave the office u can tell their crime they commited

Ibori should should be jailed

Ibori should should be jailed and the key should trown in to gbaramatu river,and for jaro egbo former ACN.sec.delta state that lead ibori supporter to london u are a shame to to ur land (isoko land)and 4 uduaghan the rod God will fall upon u very soon 4 negeleting the good people of gbaramatu that u and JTF jointly bomberdant

Serves him right

Ibori should been in jail since 2007 when he left office and the key thrown away but because he was servicing the PDP he was untouchable. this travail should serve as warning to other thieves in Nigeria. No more hiding place for them. may Ibori rot in British jail for ever.

Ibori

Who is this religious fool linking ibori with jesus forgiving a woman who committed adultery with her body how did this affect another human being if ibori were to be down stairs no my apartment i will throw my three in one cushion on him and will be happy that i have saved nigeria from one thief that has milked this country dry.let them jail him for hundred years. Common thief.

Uduaghan get ready.

Uduaghan the countdown has begun and we will surely get to last of the seconds and there will be no hiding place like u brother have found out. Our generation will not forgive the uduaghan's and the Ibori's for what there could have turned the state to compared to Lagos, port harcourt and Abuja. Please James have a great time in uk pen, I'm sure you brother will bring all the comfort for you!!!

We shall

Jaro get a job

People like Jaro and his kind should get a job or better steal go back to sleep, because their action show's that they are not Nigerian's, because if they are, they will never pole such stunt. Let me remind us that they situation in Tunisia/Igypt and now Lybia before the flame started was worst than our's yet our government and the so called rich men in the society are still ignoring the masses welfare condition that has been so damaged by poor governance. No nigerian leader living or dead has acquire the kind of power Gadhafi has in the past in Lybia, but finally what happen. Our leader should take correction and start acting fast cause sooner or later it will be late for all man

Ibori

the hired=paid-for Lumpenproletariat in action

in a London street: pure (=impure) and simple.

Doing Nigeria un-proud !

gerd

Everybody is bad but there is still good in them!

Everybody is saying ibori is bad and all sort of words forgetting dat when it was his time of govr our indigin of delta state in delta state universityabraka were collecting boserie money from govt all deltan student even if d money is small but at d end of d day u have money to collect every month end dats ibori dat did dat! One way d other he has empower d youth and create space for councilor in each local govt more than any other state and we re here sayin he is bad and think about it people he has tried too

WE ARE BACKWARD

I think the headline best describes Nigerians. There are allegations that a former State Governor has impovrished his state and some individuals crawl out out from all sorts of places to defend these excesses. This ranks us as a 4th World country as the likes of Somalia. Do these appologists ever think of what their write-ups, say of Nigeria as a whole? The only explanation must be that these supporters of Ibori have been paid, to defend the indefensible. All I can do is weep.

London militants needed!

The mere fact that we have even one poster justifying Ibori's misappropriation shows how deep our collective malaise runs. We need a moral CPR followed by a decade long boot-camp of mental re-orientation.

I want to start up a group of pro-active Nigerians that believe in the spirit of Sankara, Nkrumah and brother Malcolm. Who believe that we can make change here and now.

1) Physically take over properties bought with the funds of political corruption. Take over and declare the property under the aegis of 'Owned by the Nigerian people' - just like what the Libyans did with Gadaffi's mansion in Hampstead.

2) I need 20 activists - the time is now - let's get our pride back - contact me at toucht123atyahoo.co.uk

nigeria

if its some places in the world, the banks where these transactions of james were made before laundering them to uk should be mentioned and those bankers who were working during the time should call to the book. cus they always tells us about bank's policies when you go to bank for little things.

@Atubaba You are not in or

@Atubaba
You are not in or world, considering your reasoning faculty, so you should be ignored.

shame should be to you fool

shame should be to you fool for your write that Ibori shall not be jailed,look at the kind of illegible English that you are even using in an International on-line publication!Did you not know that the wife,mistress and lawyer had been jailed?How do a fool like you reason that Ibori will come back home when the conspirators had been jailed?Did I hear you say jealousy?who is jealousing who? Typical Nigerian fool like you!

Ibori

Madam Jonathan yours is coming soon and think you are free. All those who travel to London to protest for Ibori, all should be arrested when they come back. Government should set up probe who ever sponsored them. This is a big disgrace to Nigeria government, it shows that Jonathan is not ready to fight corruption in Nigeria.

stupid protesters

the issue of dis supporters is dat they are payed by ibori agent to protest for him. there was also a time in london dey where recruiting people to protest for his wife with a promise that dey will pay each of them £200 i bluntly refuse to join. i guest dis is wat he also did with dis idiot of a protesters

Are you commending Ibori for what he did?

If you are condoning what Ibori did, then you must be a daft person. No right thinking person has ever said what Ibori did is good. Have you been to Delta State to see the level of neglect suffered by the Delta people whilst Ibori as a Governor was busy stealing the money that would have been used for meaningful things that would benefit Delta people.

Think twice Bro. and don't be selfish.

When will corruption stop in

When will corruption stop in Nigeria
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Delta State-Gov Uduangha/Corrupt-Ibori Comrade!

Governor of Delta state Uduangha is a very corrupt governor of Delta State stealing and looting the public funds to enrich himself.Moreso,Uduangha's James Ibori relative of criminals and embezzlers of public funds and assets, also sponsores thieves,looters and embezzlers co-horts with Delta state public funds to convey them to LOndon,UK to rally their criminal kingpin-James ibori.Class of thieves and league/family of criminals.Show me your friends/relatives,i will tell you who you're.Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,Canada.

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