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.