DPP rebuffs restraint order in $1.2 billion corruption case

In one of the largest cases brought in the UK for mutual legal assistance, the Director of Public Prosecutions has successfully rebuffed an attempt to lift a restraint order over approximately $82 million held in London. The monies are said to represent bribes payable in connection with the sale of a Nigerian oil production licence OPL 245 for around $1.2 billion.

The Italian Government is investigating whether senior Nigerian Government officials and representatives of Italy’s State-owned oil company ENI were involved in a corrupt arrangement and asked the British Government to assist in freezing the London held monies.

Judgment was given on the 14th December 2015 by Mr Justice Edis sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice. Jonathan Fisher QC was instructed by the DPP leading Will Hayes from 6 KBW College Hill.

The case has been reported in the Nigerian and Italian media: This Day Live, Leadership News and Expresso Republica. The Global Witness website offers more information about the case.

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