Austin Okocha charged to court for alleged money laundering in UK

Austin Okocha charged to court for alleged money laundering in UK

- Austin Okocha has been arraigned before an Aberdeen Sheriff Court

- The former Super Eagles captain was charged for an alleged acquisition, use and possession of the criminal property

- Okocha was arraigned alongside six others and did not make any plea during the hearing

Ex- Super Eagles captain Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has been arraigned in private at an Aberdeen Sheriff Court, according to a Scottish daily Evening Express.

The former Nigerian international was arraigned on Friday, May 31, by the Scottish police after a two-year probe.

Okocha was charged for an alleged acquisition, use and possession of the criminal property, and another count-charge of allegedly concealing, disguising, converting and transferring criminal property.

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‘Jay Jay’ as he was fondly called during his active days, was arraigned alongside six others – five of whom were purported to have “carried out fraud related to north-east businesses,” the Evening Express reported.

Okocha did not make any plea during the hearing and was granted bail.

The court directed that the case should face further investigation before adjourning the case without fixing a date.

Okocha is also battling another court case in Lagos over an alleged tax evasion.

The Lagos High Court in Igbosere in April 2019 renewed an earlier bench warrant for his arrest.

The former Nigerian captain has repeatedly ignored the court’s invitation, to explain why he allegedly failed to perform his civic duty, of paying his income taxes.

Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, signed a warrant for Okocha’s arrest on January 29 and, after that, adjourned until February 19.

But on February 19, the prosecution failed to affect his arrest forcing the trial judge to, again, adjourned until April 15.

He ordered Okocha must be produced in court by then.

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In addition, prosecution counsel Yusuf Sule informed the judge that Okocha also failed to settle out of court, the 2017 income tax evasion charge.

At the last count, Okocha, was alleged to have ignored the court order since October 5, 2017, when the case commenced.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a Lagos high court has re-issued an arrest warrant for former Super Eagles captain Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha over tax evasion case.

The ex-Paris Saint Germain and Bolton Wanderers midfielder had earlier this year been charged to court by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice on a three-count charge.

According to report, Okocha was said to have refused to give account of return of income of his businesses in the state.

Meanwhile, News Agency of Nigeria report that a Lagos State prosecutor, Y. A. Pitan, has told a high court sitting in Igbosere that the former Nigerian star has not liquidated the alleged tax debt he owed the state.

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