Abacha’s son absent at Swiss trial again Reviewed by Momizat on . The trial of Abba Abacha, son of late Military President Sani Abacha, began in his absence in Switzerland on Wednesday, for the second time in two years. Abba, The trial of Abba Abacha, son of late Military President Sani Abacha, began in his absence in Switzerland on Wednesday, for the second time in two years. Abba, Rating:
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Abacha’s son absent at Swiss trial again

The trial of Abba Abacha, son of late Military President Sani Abacha, began in his absence in Switzerland on Wednesday, for the second time in two years.

Abba, who is accused of misappropriating funds while his father was in power, was said to be unable to travel after a road accident, his counsel told the Swiss court.

At a previous trial in 2010, the young Abacha failed to turn up at court after Swiss authorities refused to grant him a visa.

Counsel to the defendant, Christian Luscher, was quoted by Swiss news that the accident happened last Thursday in Kano, where  Abba lives. He is said to have sustained head injuries and whiplash from the accident.

A medical certificate and police report were produced at the court to back up the claim, before the lawyer asked for the trial to be adjourned till his client is fit to travel.

Late Sani Abacha is estimated to have siphoned about $2 billion off the nation’s wealth, of which $700 million has been returned  from Swiss bank accounts to the Nigerian government.

Another $400 million is believed to be in Luxembourg, lawyers for the federal government have said.

At his initial trial in 2010, Abba Abacha received a two-year suspended sentence.

The presiding judges also ordered the confiscation of $350 million dollars from his accounts in Luxembourg and the Bahamas.

The judgment was annulled by Switzerland’s Supreme Court after it found that Abba’s rights had been violated since he was tried in absentia.

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  • Plasma

    Big, Bigger, Biggest. And people want to kill Farouk Lawan for collecting a mere taxi fare of USD500,000. The presiding Judge ordered the confiscation of USD350ml from this boys account. Is  that 700 F.L?  Ol boy, levels dey, abeg.

  • Olatunde Gbenga

    This guy na big boy! Omo nigeria get money

  • Godfrey okemadu

    1.    
    Most of the time, it is difficult to pass an
    unbias assessment on some vital issues because of media prejudice. A case in
    point is the many stories that have been churned out by the media on the late
    General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former Head of State.  A container of controversial narrations and
    analysis have emerged and this has made it very difficult to sieve the truth
    from a big basket of lies. This is certainly what any judge on a judicial case
    relating to the Abachas must contend with. In fact, the trial of Abba Abacha,
    the late General Abacha’s son in a Swiss Court will be a test case. Already,
    many people have assumed that with the many twisty tales on the late General
    Abacha, it would be difficult for Abba Abacha to get fair hearing from the
    Swiss Court. Indeed, anyone who feels otherwise must be in the minority. First
    is that it is most likely that by now the Judge’s mind has been dressed with
    more than enough propaganda information on what the media actually feels about
    the late General Abacha and not what they know about his son, Abba. For
    instance, in most press reports on Abba Abacha regarding his case before the
    Swiss Court, the best description of him that the media associates him with is
    ‘the son of a former Nigerian dictator and member of a criminal gang’. Yet, no
    media has found space to check out the truth behind these many allegations.
    Sadly, this is akin to passing a verdict of guilt before trial of Abba Abacha
    without any constructive analysis on the issues around the case.

             
    Okemadu Godfrey,
     

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