Lawyers to jailed former Governor of Delta state, James Ibori, on Wednesday, surprised a court sitting in Southwark, London, by presenting evidence before the presiding judge, Judge Tomlinson, of a scheme by the Nigerian and British government to send Ibori and his associates to jail.
This was contained in a statement from the Media office of James Ibori and signed by one Tony Eluemunor.
The statement said that the evidence was the climax of the court session as it was delayed for hours because the London Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service had refused to appear in court for the day’s hearing.
The statement reads in part that:
“A thoroughly disappointed Judge Tomlinson refused to adjourn hearing to another day but issued an order by 12.30 p.m., that the Prosecution should be in court by 2p.m., as the matter at hand, professional misconduct, dishonesty, perverting the course of justice and criminal non-disclosures, lying to the trial court and Court of Appeal, were serious and urgent.
“This time, the hunters have become the hunted and Ibori’s defence team became the accusers while Ibori’s erstwhile accusers and prosecutors were the accused.
“Pointedly, two prosecutors, Sasha Wass and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann, were not only at the end of finger-pointing, and have been dismissed from the Ibori case, their activities are now being challenged in court for grounds of upturning all the convictions – Ibori’s and his associates’. In fact, all the prosecution lawyers plus the entire police officers that have represented the British Police have been dismissed from the Ibori case and all other cases stemming from it following allegations of corruption against them, lies and deliberate misleading of the court.
“Yet, the worst charge so far against the British prosecution came when the court resumed by 2p.m., as counsel to Ibori’s former lawyer, Badresh Gohil, dropped the bombshell. The counsel, Mr. Kamish, stunned the court when he revealed a sinister conspiracy between Nigeria and Britain to railroad Ibori and associates to jail.
“He backed this up by pointing at a document signed by British and Nigerian governments agreeing that the Department for International Development will be paid 25 million Pounds Sterling from money that will be confiscated from Ibori, before any penny is ever remitted to Nigeria. With that document in place, that Department became so aggressive as to start paying the salaries of some police investigators on the Ibori case, especially that of Detective Constable, John McDonald.
“Wednesday’s hearing was at the request of Ibori’s lawyers for the prosecution to explain their non-compliance with court orders made to ensure fair hearing as opposed to unfair trial. Mr. Kenneth Talbot represented Ibori while Kamish stood for Gohil.”