Nigeria postpones sentencing of drugs smuggling French grandmother

11th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

LAGOS, May 11 (AFP) - A Nigerian court on Tuesday postponed the sentencing of a 54-year-old French grandmother convicted of cocaine smuggling after the trial judge fell ill.

LAGOS, May 11 (AFP) - A Nigerian court on Tuesday postponed the sentencing of a 54-year-old French grandmother convicted of cocaine smuggling after the trial judge fell ill.

The court registrar of the Federal High Court in Lagos told AFP that
Justice Abdul Kafarati was not available to sentence Jacqueline Vigouroux because "he is not feeling fine". She said the verdict would now be delivered on May 18.

Vigouroux, who is from the Bordeaux region of France, had confessed to
smuggling four kilos of cocaine into the west African country at a previous hearing.

She was arrested by officials of the Nigerian drugs agency NDLEA at the
Abuja international airport last July for the offence, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The French woman had been convicted on April 21, but the judge delayed her sentencing until Tuesday when her lawyer Oluwakemi Shnayder would have made a plea of mitigation for her.

Shnayder told AFP she was hopeful that her client would still get justice despite the adjournment.

"I have strong confidence in the Nigerian judiciary. I believe that justice will be done," she said.

©AFP

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