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UK Courts Didn’t Exonerate Kashamu, FG’s Counsel Insists

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
  • Appeals Judgment, Order Against Extradition

By Tunde Opeseitan, Lagos

Counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), , Emeka Ngige (SAN) on Friday faulted claims that two United Kingdom Courts exonerated the Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, of illicit drug crime, insisting that the claim was misleading.

According to Ngige, Kashamu was not tried in the United Kingdom over the drug crime, but only faced extradition proceedings.

In a contempt charge filed by Kashamu over alleged disobedience of court order, Ngige said the claim was definitely aimed at achieving a clandenstine motive.

Speaking with newsmen at the Federal High Court in Lagos after the matter was adjourned, Ngige said contrary to widespread believe, Kashamu was not exonerated by the British courts.

“Kashamu was not tried before the British Courts. He only went through extradition proceeding and the extradition application failed based on the fact before the court.

“Now, that does not and cannot constitute a bar on further extradition proceeding or trial for drug crime in any other country or other court,” Ngige said.

It also emerged on Friday that the Federal Government has appealed the judgement delivered by Justice Okon Abang on May 27, 2015 upholding the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Kashamu.

The government also appealed another order issued on June 8, 2015 by Justice Ibrahim Buba also of the Federal High Court in Lagos restraining the Federal Government and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) from taking further steps on Kashamu’s extradition to the United States pending the hearing and determination of his contempt application against AGF and NDLEA boss.