Nigerian ex-governor's sister convicted of fraud in London

2nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British court has convicted the sister of a fugitive Nigerian politician, who is wanted for graft, of money laundering and mortage fraud, local papers said Wednesday.

Christie Ibori-Ibie was found guilty on Tuesday by London's Southwark Crown Court on charges of aiding her brother James Ibori, the former governor of Delta state, who himself stands accused of siphoning nearly 300 million dollars of public funds in Nigeria.

Ibori was undergoing similar charges in London before he jumped bail last year.

He was however arrested by Interpol last month in Dubai when he fled Nigeria after the country's anti-graft agency EFCC declared him wanted for alleged corruption and money laundering.

He already had an international arrest warrant hanging over him for corruption charges in Britain after the discovery of assets suspected to have been bought with stolen money.

He now faces extradition to London from Dubai.

Ibori, governor of the southern oil-rich Delta State between 1999 and 2007, is accused of embezzling 290 million dollars (230 million euros) of state funds and money laundering while he was in office.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is ranked among some of the most corrupt nations on earth.

© 2010 AFP

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