Everybody complains about Nigeria and how bad the corruption, on several levels is. Fortunately…..or unfortunately, there is now news about London getting in on the spoils of corruption and bribery. When it comes to the problem of bribery, Great Britain is no different from Nigeria. It is alleged that Scotland Yard officers took bribes from former governor of Delta State, James Ibori. The arrested men were accused of receiving thousands of dollars in payments for providing information to Ibori’s lawyers. Ibori was sentenced on April 17 by Southwark Crown Court in London for embezzling almost £50m to fund a lavish lifestyle for his family in LondonRead more:-
Scotland Yard today arrested a serving policeman and two former officers on suspicion of bribing detectives in its anti-corruption command.
It raided the premises of the private detective agency RISC Management in central London and seized two employees who used to work for the Met.
Hours later, a 45-year-old detective constable with the Met was arrested at a residential address outside London.
One of the two men held at the agency’s Conduit Street offices is understood to be its chief executive Keith Hunter, a former Yard detective. The identity of the two other men are not known.
The arrests are part of a six-month operation launched after the Met and other bodies received documents from an anonymous source last year.
These suggested its officers leaked to RISC sensitive information from an investigation into James Ibori, a notorious Nigerian politician jailed for money-laundering, just weeks before the start of his trial. Documents seen by the Standard suggest the corrupt ex-governor of Delta State hired the agency to obtain information on a Met investigation into his business affairs.
The papers allege RISC Management then paid Met officers £20,000 for inside information that helped Mr Ibori’s defence lawyers. Detectives are also investigating the possibility that the bribery allegations were a sophisticated attempt by Ibori and his associates to pervert the course of justice.
The claims are a new blow to the Yard, already investigating officers for allegedly receiving illegal payments from the Murdoch media empire for private information on the royal family.
A Yard spokesman said today: “We are investigating an allegation that illegal payments were made to police officers for information by a private investigation agency.
“This was a pre-planned operation that forms part of a long and complex investigation.” All three men were being interviewed at a London police station this afternoon.
The inquiry, revealed by the Standard last October, was launched after leaked invoices — seen by this newspaper — apparently showed private investigators billed the politician for information from police. One £5,000 payment was allegedly made to a source for information “on forthcoming strategy to be deployed by police”.
The politician hired City law firm Speechly Bircham to defend him from the police inquiries. In turn, it hired the private detective agency RISC.
Once one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and most influential politicians, Ibori was jailed for 13 years last month for embezzling almost £50 million to fund a lavish lifestyle for his family in London and his home country.
Ibori, who worked for a Wickes DIY store in north London, pleaded guilty at Southwark crown court to a series of theft and fraud charges.
Yesterday, lawyer Mike Schwarz, who is representing London-based solicitor Bhadresh Gohil — jailed with Ibori — used parliamentary privilege to name three detectives he described as potential “culprits”. He told the home affairs committee they were Det Insp Gary Walters and detective constables named John MacDonald and “Clark”.
All three officers declined a chance to respond to the allegations when contacted by The Guardian last week. RISC Management indicated Walters would deny “any and all allegations”.
RISC Management denied all allegations. It confirmed it was hired by Ibori’s lawyers but denied corrupt payments, saying it “has never paid a serving police officer for information and would never approve such payments”.
Its chief executive Keith Hunter accused Mr Schwarz of “grandstanding” in front of the Commons committee, instead of taking the “correct course of reporting the matter to the police”. Speechly Bircham denied any knowledge of wrongdoing.
From London Evening Standard
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