October 25, 2014

Legal team for Ibori to appeal UK sentence

The legal team for convicted former Delta State governor, James Ibori, are reportedly appealing the 13-year-sentence handed to him by a London Court last week.

A member of the legal team, based in Warri, told the Vanguard that Ibori, who pleaded guilty to a 10 count charge of fraud and money laundering in a London court in February, had expected a far lesser sentence given his plea bargain.

The undisclosed source said the ex-governor, convicted of defrauding oil-rich Delta state of $250 million, had expected a four-year sentence that would have had him out of jail in 2014.

The source said the terms of agreement were breached and they would appeal the sentence.

He further added that when Ibori has served out his sentence in the U.K., his legal team will be ready to battle the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission which has said it will once again file charges against the ex-governor again upon his released from jail in London.

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