UK: Former Governor of Delta State, Nigeria Sentenced
On 17 April 2012, James Ibori was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a British court for money laundering offences.
The former governor of Delta State was extradited to Britain from Dubai in April 2010 and was charged with 23 offences of fraud and money laundering. On February 2012 he pleaded guilty to 10 of these charges, amounting to the embezzlement of £50 million ($79 million) since his election as governor in 1999, including $37 million from the sale of Delta State's stake in mobile telecoms company V Mobile.
Ibori has already served two years of his sentence and will be eligible for parole in four and a half years time.