Gal Pissetzky and Vicki Podberesky, the two U.S. lawyers representing Nigeria’s famous Nigerian Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, have pleaded guilty to withdrawing from the case. .
Both have filed a lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in California, stating the intention.
The appeal was filed on January 21 and the court will hear it on February 22.
The lawyers cited communication problems as the reason for their withdrawal and also that Hushpuppi has hired new lawyers to defend him.
“Both family and prison staff have told me that they have sent my messages to Mr Abbas calling me. He told me he was holding new advice.
“I informed him that Ms. Podberesky and I were withdrawing his withdrawal because he refused to communicate and cooperate with us,” Pissetzky said.
Hushpuppi is being tried on a four-count conspiracy charge to commit wire fraud, engaging in monetary transactions in real estate arising from alleged illegal activity, money laundering and international money conspiracies.
The trial is expected to continue on May 4, 2021.