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Published On: Mon, Oct 5th, 2015

Money Laundering: UK Insists on Repatriation of Alamieyeseigha for Trial

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LAGOS OCTOBER 5TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, has said that a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was pardoned by former President Goodlcuk Jonathan, has an outstanding case of money laundering to answer in the UK and that the UK government will not give up until he is brought to justice.
Pocock had said, “The former governor skipped bail in the UK on a charge of money laundering and returned to Nigeria. So, he has an outstanding charge in the UK, which is there for him to answer.
“We have already discussed it and the Nigerian government knows our views. But we would like to see him return and answer the charge in the UK.”
However, former President Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, had said there was no need for Nigeria to send Alamieyeseigha to the UK since he had been punished and pardoned by the President.
Okupe argued that the offence was committed against the people of Nigeria and the UK had no business with Alamieyeseigha.
But the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, says the United Kingdom has every legal right to demand for the extradition of Alamieyeseigha, to London.
Sagay told Punch on Sunday that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government would do well by extraditing the former governor to the UK.
He said, “Alamieyeseigha allegedly committed a separate crime by laundering money in Britain and that is not a crime in Nigeria but a crime against British Criminal Law and so, Goodluck Jonathan cannot pardon him for that.”
When asked if the absence of an Attorney General could stall the case of extradition of Alamieyeseigha, Sagay said there was no rush as the country’s new ministers would soon emerge.
He said, “Certainly, the case can be stalled but there is a pact between Britain and Nigeria which obliges us to extradite offenders who they are looking for. There is a process. A judge will give consent once there is evidence that there is a prima facie case against him in England.”
When asked if the case would not be seen as political prosecution or a witch-hunt, Sagay dismissed such claims as balderdash.
He said, “This is the new defence for criminal prosecution which is being drummed up in Nigeria. It does not exist in law. Witch-hunt has never been a defence in court. The plea is guilty or not guilty. You are a real witch if you are guilty and should be hunted.”
Source: The Paradigm

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