Court Orders Seizure In Montreal Of Bombardier Global 6000 In Connection With Nigerian Corruption Case
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June 8, 2020 - by GEOFFREY YORK for theglobeandmail.com
Finance Uncovered, a non-profit London-based investigative reporting unit, said this weekend that Tibit's sole director is a Montreal-based former employee of Bombardier, Giuseppina Russa, who is named in the court order.
A court in Montreal has authorized the seizure of a Bombardier private jet as part of a Nigerian government effort to recover assets from a key figure in one of Africa's biggest corruption cases.
The luxury jet, purchased for US$57-million by a former Nigerian cabinet minister in 2011, flew into Montreal-Trudeau International Airport on May 29 and became the subject of a court order within hours of its landing, according to reports that emerged on the weekend.
Bombardier says it is not a party in the court case and did not sell the plane to the cabinet minister.
Justice Chantal Masse of the Quebec Superior Court, responding to a Nigerian government request, ordered on May 30 that bailiffs seize the Bombardier 6000 jet with tail number M-MYNA.
The plane had reportedly been flown from Dubai to Montreal for a servicing to allow it to be sold.
Justice Masse authorized the court's bailiffs to "take control of and possession of the jet and the log book, and...