File photoA Lebanese suspect accused of cyber fraud and cash laundering, Hamza Koudeih, on Tuesday requested a Federal High Court docket sitting in Lagos to enable him return to his country for scientific take a look at-up.
Nonetheless the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) adversarial his application on the bottom that he used to be a flight threat.
Koudeih and his Nigerian co-defendant, Kayode Philip, popularly identified as ‘Boom of the King’ are standing trial earlier than Justice Muslim Hassan on a price of collaborating in cyber fraud and laundering the sums of $7.06 million, £1 million, and €80,000.
In outdated documents build earlier than the court, the EFCC had alleged that Koudeih is an affiliate of net celeb, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly identified as Mompha, whom the anti-graft agency is prosecuting for an alleged N32.9 billion fraud.
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Koudeih who is a resident within the Eko Atlantic home of Lagos approached vacation salvage, Justice Ringim Tijjani, by means of an application filed on July 18 and argued by his counsel Abdulhamid Mohammed.
He sought permission to look his psychiatrist within the Lebanese capital, Beirut and requested the salvage to delivery his world passport to enable him course of his outing.
“Before my arraignment earlier than this Honourable Court docket, I even enjoy been below periodic scientific treatment for generalised dread disorder and fundamental depressive disorder by my doctor in Lebanon, Dr Georges Elie Karam (MD), a Psychiatry and Scientific Psychology Clinical Doctor in St. George Clinic College Clinical Centre, Beirut, Lebanon,” Koudeih acknowledged.
He outlined that following his arraignment and trial in Nigeria, he had been seeing Nigerian physicians, including Dr. B. Fadipe who “prompt obvious medications to subside the signs of my health grief, even supposing the treatment did no longer yield any definite consequence.
“As a outcomes of my scientific condition, I assuredly change into anxious, uncomfortable, endure from insomnia, emotional harm, unwanted thoughts, indecent vigilance and real be troubled, shortness of breath, palpitation, and other signs ascribable to the scientific grief.”
The suspect acknowledged Dr Karam advised that he required further investigations of his scientific condition and treatment in Lebanon, necessitating that he travels in another country.
He added that he had a Nigerian wife and son, who’re both dwelling in Lagos, however the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, adversarial the application.
“We’re vehemently opposing this application,” Oyedepo advised to court. “That is a ploy to bustle a ways from the trial pending earlier than this court.
“Going by the shows annexed by the applicant, how can a (Nigerian) doctor who has treated the applicant for 14 years now squawk that he can no longer be doing so? There are hospitals in Lagos that the applicant has been the utilization of.”
“This defendant is a citizen of Lebanon; what if he’s granted permission to wobble and he doesn’t return?” the lawyer queried.
Oyedepo referenced a counter affidavit sworn to by an EFCC investigator, Idi Musa, in enhance of his opposition.
In accordance with him, the claims of the applicant are no longer verifiable, and the linked show cloak is a ploy to pull a wool over the judicial focal level on of the court to grant the applicant’s prayers.
The EFCC lawyer wired that it could truly well be within the ardour of justice to refuse the applicant’s application, insisting that the proof of proof earlier than the court clearly linked the applicant to the alleged offence.
“On the full, I bolt my lord to refuse this application.”
After being attentive to both occasions within the case, Justice Ringim adjourned the ruling on the subject except September 9.