Illegal Oil Deal: Trial Of Foreigners Postponed

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned the trial of 14 foreigners arraigned for allegedly dealing illegally in petroleum products till July 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015.

The accused persons are Artur Pakhladzhian, Sergo Abbgarian, Vasily Shkundich, Vitaliy Bilours, Hlarion Teofilo Regipor, Laguta Oleksiy and Cadavis Gerarado.




     

     

    Others are Kretov Andry, Badurian Benjamin, Chepikov Olksan, Naranjo Allian Antero, Patro Christian, Alcayde Joel and Caratiquit Michael Beyan.

    The 14 are citizens of countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Japan and the United Kingdom.

    The foreigners are being arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on four counts of conspiracy and illegal dealing in petroleum products.

    The presiding judge, Ibrahim Buba, said on Monday that the court would not be able to accommodate any trial for the day as earlier planned and subsequently adjourned the trial till July for continuation.

    Counsel for the anti-graft agency, Rotimi Oyedepo, had on June 10 told the court that the accused persons were arrested along with their vessel, MT Anukpet Emerald, with which they allegedly carried out unlawful business.

    According to court records, the accused persons had on March 27, 2015 being caught dealing in petroleum products estimated at 1,738.087 metric tons without appropriate license.

    They were also accused of dealing in 1,500 metric tons of automated gas oil and 3,035 metric tons of low power fuel oil without lawful authority.

    The prosecution said the offence was a contravention of Section 4 of the Petroleum Act, Cap 10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and Section 19(6) of the Miscellaneous Offence Act, Cap M17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria , 2004.

    When they were initially arraigned in early June, they had pleaded not guilty and were granted bail.

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