Abacha, Bagudu v The Secretary of State for the Home Department, The Federal Republic of Nigeria Interested Party: Admn 18 Oct 2001

Attempts were being made by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recover moneys alleged to have been taken fraudulently from the state. They sought assistance from the UK, and the claimants sought details of that request. The statute provided that assistance should be confidential. The claimants asserted that since the fact of the request had been made public, the contents should be also in order to remedy a procedural unfairness. The request complied with the statutory requirements, and had to be accepted. No criminal proceedings were to follow. The court rejected the assertion of unfairness. It was important not to allow international requests of this nature not to be abused, but there was no requirement on the Secretary of State to seek any undertaking as to the use of material obtained, and any question of abuse was for the courts of the country concerned.
The Right Honourable Lord Justice Tuckey[2001] EWHC Admin 787
Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990
England and Wales
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CitedZadari v Secretary of State Admn 2001
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Updated: 20 April 2021; Ref: scu.166640