The conviction of a former governor of Delta State, JAMES IBORI, for fraud and money laundering has remained valid despite evidence that a British police officer took bribes during the investigation of his case.
This statement was quoted by Reuters according to the Britain’s state prosecution agency.
IBORI, who served as the governor of Delta State between 1999 and 2007, is currently serving a thirteen year jail term in a British prison after pleading guilty in 2012 to ten counts of fraud and money laundering.
But the case has become an embarrassment for Britain since one of IBORI’S associates, convicted money-launderer BHADRESH GOHIL, alleged that the judicial process was tainted because prosecutors had covered up evidence of police corruption.
Authorities initially denied everything and charged GOHIL with perverting the course of justice, but the prosecution was abruptly dropped in January.
In May, the Crown Prosecution Service, CPS said it had found material evidence to support the assertion that a police officer received payment in return for information.
Court proceedings on the confiscation of IBORI’S assets are still dragging through the courts and lawyers for IBORI and GOHIL could use the next court hearing to challenge the findings of the CPS review.