Nigerian ex-governor loses Dubai extradition case: agency

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A Dubai appeal court on Monday refused to stop the extradition of a former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta State to Britain to answer money laundering charges, the anti-graft agency said.

"James Ibori has failed to get the appeal court in Dubai to stop his extradition to Britain for trial. We are excited about this ruling," Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) spokesman Femi Babafemi told AFP.

Ibori, governor between 1999 to 2007 who was arrested in May in Dubai, had appealed the July ruling of lower a court in Dubai that he should be repatriated to Britain for trial.

The former governor is charged with stealing 290 million dollars (230 million euros) of public funds and money laundering while he was in office.

An international arrest warrant was issued for Ibori who also faces corruption charges in Britain after the discovery of assets suspected to have been bought with stolen money.

On August 2, 2007 London prosecutors successfully applied to have frozen worldwide assets of Ibori worth 35 million dollars.

Ibori's wife, sister and mistress have already been convicted for assisting the former governor in the crimes.

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

Around a dozen former governors who served under ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo have been arrested in recent years for corruption.

© 2010 AFP

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