Abacha’s son to face fresh Swiss trial Reviewed by Momizat on . The son of former military head of state Sani Abacha, Abba Abacha, will face a new trial in Switzerland starting July 4 on charges of participation in a crimina The son of former military head of state Sani Abacha, Abba Abacha, will face a new trial in Switzerland starting July 4 on charges of participation in a crimina Rating:
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Abacha’s son to face fresh Swiss trial

The son of former military head of state Sani Abacha, Abba Abacha, will face a new trial in Switzerland starting July 4 on charges of participation in a criminal organisation that raided public funds, his lawyer announced on Friday.

Abba’s lawyer, Christian Luescher, told Swiss news agency ATS that his client wanted to come to Geneva to attend the trial.

During a previous trial in 2010, Abba did not attend as he was unable to obtain a visa. The court convicted him in absentia, handing down a two-year suspended prison term and confiscating his assets.

But he won an appeal over procedural irregularities and the fact that he was unable to obtain a visa in time.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal therefore ordered the sentence annulled and a retrial.

If he is unable to get a visa this time, the new trial will be delayed.

Abba, 43, denies all charges.

Sani Abacha took over power in  1993. Until his death in 1998, he siphoned off an estimated $2 billion from the country’s central bank, including $700 million that was deposited in Swiss banks.

 

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  • Okotieboh

    I HOPE YOU GUYS WILL BE SO NICE TO SEND THE MONEY BACK TO US?

  • Mansur A

    How much has been siphoned by the PDP-led government since 1999

    • Otopsyn

      @Mansur A,that is what we are saying,because he is your brother you see no fault in him and worry more about the PDP led government’s allegations.Instead of you to be bothered that his act has cost most of your yonger ones their complete future by depriving them education you are busy being sentimental.Well, i have bad news for you!Switzerland is not Nigeria where he can escape the rule of law.He knows and that is why he is ready to avail himself whenever called upon.You are left to figure out the rest.

  • Victoria Osagie

    Pls, we will appreciate it if you can send the money to us in Nigeria.  We need every bit of it.

  • Victoria Osagie

    Pls, we will appreciate it if you can send the money to us in Nigeria.  We need every bit of it.

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