Jury finds Nigerian politician’s sister guilty of laundering stolen money from oil-rich stateBy AP
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
UK jury: Nigerian leader’s sister laundered money
LAGOS, Nigeria — A U.K. jury has convicted the sister of a former Nigerian governor on charges of money laundering and mortgage fraud.
Christine Ibori-Ibie, sister of politician James Ibori, was found guilty Tuesday of 12 charges stemming from allegations she helped her brother embezzle an estimated $101.5 million from Nigeria’s Delta state into U.K. bank accounts.
The jury acquitted one of Ibori’s former assistants, while a third accused aide’s trial continues Wednesday.
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency says Ibori stole as much as $292 million while governor in the oil-rich state in the Niger Delta.
A Nigerian judge in December dismissed a 170-count fraud case against Ibori. Ibori was arrested May 12 in Dubai on a U.K. warrant and remains there, but is free on bail.
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