Asset Recovery Watch

Sani Abacha / Jersey (Freezing on US Claim)
President (1993-1998)
Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
Art.16, Art.17, Art.19, Art.20, Art.23
Action Initiated by Foreign Jurisdiction
Civil Asset Recovery (International Co-operation) (Jersey) Law 2007
Ongoing case but the Department of Justice press release on March 5, 2014 noted, "The department appreciates the extensive assistance provided by the Governments of Jersey, France and the United Kingdom in this investigation."
Investigation/Asset Tracing/Asset Restraint

See related entry, Sani Abacha / United States Civil Asset Forfeiture case.  According to the US Department of Justice, the civil asset forfeiture complaint filed in November 2013 and unsealed in March 2014, "seeks to forfeit bank accounts and investment portfolios with funds located in Bailiwick of Jersey, France and the United Kingdom. On Feb. 25 and 26, 2014, U.S. arrest warrants for the assets were enforced in Jersey and France though mutual legal assistance requests and in the United Kingdom through litigation brought pursuant to the U.K. Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act."  (Sources: US  Department of Justice, Press release, "U.S. Freezes More Than $458 Million Stolen by Former Nigerian Dictator in Largest Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Ever Brought in the U.S.," March 5, 2014; Royal Court of Jersey, Viscount's Department, Affidavit of Service, March 12, 2014, filed as exhibit in US v. All Assets Held in Account Number 80020796, in name of Doraville Properties Corporation, at Deutsche Bank International, et al, Case No. l:13-cv-01832-JDB (D.D.C.), Warrant of Arrest in Rem filed July 11, 2014.)

According to a 2008 article by Attorney Enrico Monfrini, an appeal was pending before the Nigerian Supreme Court in the criminal cases arising from charges filed in 2000 and 2001 against Mr. Abacha's sons and associate.  (Source:  Enrico Monfrini, "The Abacha Case," in Mark Pieth, ed., Recovering Stolen Assets (Peter Lang, 2008), accessed at

Attorney General's Office
Royal Court of Jersey, Viscount's Department