Nigerian politician in British court on graft charges

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An influential Nigerian politician appeared in a British court on Saturday charged with a string of money laundering and fraud offences, police said.

James Ibori, the former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta State, was remanded in custody after appearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London accused of 25 offences, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

He arrived in London on Friday under the escort of British police after being extradited from Dubai.

The 52-year-old will appear at Southwark Crown Court in London on April 28.

Ibori, governor from 1999 to 2007, was arrested in May last year in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. He lost an appeal against a ruling that he should be extradited to Britain.

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

© 2011 AFP

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