The Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom granted £70,000 bail to Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, on Monday. She appeared in court facing allegations of accepting a £100,000 bribe.
District Judge Michael Snow imposed additional conditions, which include an 11 pm to 6 am curfew, the requirement for her to wear an electronic tag at all times, and a £70,000 surety to be paid before leaving the court premises.
During her appearance at the Westminster Magistrates Court, she provided her name, date of birth, and address. While she did not formally enter a plea, her attorney, Mark Bowen, indicated that she would plead not guilty, as reported by Reuters.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for October 30 at Southwark Crown Court, which specializes in handling serious criminal cases. In August, the UK’s National Crime Agency expressed suspicions that Diezani had accepted bribes in exchange for awarding multi-million-pound oil and gas contracts.
In a statement released on its website, NCA said Diezani “is alleged to have benefitted from at least £100,000 in cash, chauffeur-driven cars, flights on private jets, luxury holidays for her family, and the use of multiple London properties.
“Her charges also detail financial rewards including furniture, renovation work and staff for the properties, payment of private school fees, and gifts from high-end designer shops such as Cartier jewellery and Louis Vuitton goods.”
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