NAN – Convicted former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, has been transferred to a maximum-security prison, the Worcestershire Long Lartin Prison outside London.
United Kingdom prison officials confirmed the transfer to , saharareporters.com, but said they could not tell what informed the move.
“Yes, Mr. Ibori is now serving his prison term in the Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire,” said an official of the UK prisons.
The maximum-security prison houses terrorists, rapists, drug barons and other violent criminals. A recent report in The Guardian, a major UK newspaper, portrayed the prison as a rough, lawless facility where gangsters reign supreme.
In April this year, Ibori was sentenced to 13 years in prison for using UK financial institutions to launder hundreds of millions of pound sterling he stole from public funds in Delta State.
Ibori is expected to serve at least seven years in the UK since he received credit for his detention in the United Arab Emirates as well as the UK prior to his trial.
The United States Department of Justice recently restrained assets belonging to the former governor in Texas and Massachusetts. A U.S attorney told SaharaReporters that the action means that Ibori is in legal trouble in the United States whenever he serves out his prison term in the UK.
One of Ibori’s lawyers, Bhadresh Gohil, his wife, Theresa Nkoyo, sister, Christine Ibori-Ibie, and mistress, Udoamaka Okoronkwo were all sentenced to prison terms for aiding and abetting the former governor in his money laundering activities.