Ex-minister Diezani appears in U.K. Court over alleged bribery, gets bail

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Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, appeared before Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London, UK on October 2nd, over charges of bribery.

Reuters reports that the former minister was charged with receiving bribes in the form of cash, luxury goods, flights on private jets and the use of high-end properties in Britain in return for awarding oil contracts.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, she spoke only to give her name, date of birth and address.

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She was not asked to formally enter a plea, although her lawyer Mark Bowen told the court she would be pleading not guilty.

District Judge Michael Snow granted Alison-Madueke bail but imposed terms including an 11 p.m to 6 a.m curfew, an electronic tag to be worn at all times and a 70,000 pound surety to be paid before she could leave the court building.

Her next court appearance will be at Southwark Crown Court, which deals with serious criminal cases on Oct 30.


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