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UK Court Orders Ibori’s Immediate Release From Prison

A UK court has ordered the immediate release of former Delta state governor, James Onanefe Ibori from prison on Wednesday, December 21.

The Cable reports that associates of the former governor said the court ruled that Ibori be released before his confiscation trial begins.

Vanguard also confirms that the former governor was subsequently released from custody shortly after the ruling.

According to his media aide, Tony Elumenor, Ibori was released few minutes past noon in adherence to the court order.

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Ibori was sentenced to 13-year imprisonment in the United Kingdom on corruption charges in April 17, 2012.

The home office wanted the court to resolve if the politician could be released without going through confiscation trial so they went to court for interpretation and it was resolved in Ibori’s favour.

The confiscation trial is to determine if his assets should be seized after serving his jail term.

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