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Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court at the High Court: Bashir

Claim no. CL-2019-000481

At the High Court of Justice
Sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice

10 February 2020

 

Before:

Mr Justice Butcher


Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court at the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, Commercial Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Pursuant to paragraph 13 of Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court dated 26 March 2015

In relation to claim no. CL-2019-000481, at the High Court of Justice sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice, London, the Hon. Mr Justice Butcher sentenced Alhaji Abdulrahaman Musa Bashir to 10 months imprisonment for contempt of Court.

The basis of the sentence was that Mr Bashir had committed continuing breaches of the order of Mr Justice Robin Knowles of 1 August 2019 and of the order of Mr Justice Bryan of 6 September 2019, in particular of paragraph 1 of those Orders. Those orders required Rahamaniyya Oil and Gas Ltd, of which Mr Bashir is the CEO and controller, to comply with requests for the release of 6,400.69MT gas oil to Sahara Energy Resource Ltd or its agent from Rahamaniyya Oil and Gas Ltd, Jetty 6.436181, Ibafon, Kirikiri Waterfront, of Aero Maritime Street, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria (“the Terminal”). Mr Bashir breached those orders by failing to allow, or procure Rahamaniyya Oil and Gas Ltd or its servants or agents to allow, the release of the said gas oil from the Terminal.

A sentence of 10 months was imposed in respect of all breaches.

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