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British regime acted illegally when blocking corruption investigation



*** The High Court in Britain has found the government guilty of breaking the law to cover-up corruption in the state-run arms industry. British politicians clearly acted unlawfully when they blocked an official investigation into corrupt arms deals with Saudi Arabia. The fake "democracy" in Britain, like Saudi regime, is run by a corrupt ruling-class, controlled and influenced not by voters but by wealthy people and powerful corporations. The decision to illegally block the investigation was granted "legal" approval by the Attorney General, Jewish millionaire Lord Goldsmith, the same man who gave the "legal" approval for the illegal war on Iraq. ***

SFO unlawful in ending BAE probe

The High Court has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) acted unlawfully by dropping a corruption inquiry into a 43bn Saudi arms deal.

Defence firm BAE was accused of making illegal payments to Saudi officials to secure contracts, but the firm maintains that it acted lawfully.

The SFO said national security would have been undermined by the inquiry.

Two judges allowed the challenge made by Corner House and the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT).

'Failure of government'

In handing down the decision on Thursday, one of the judges, Lord Justice Moses, told the High Court that the director of the SFO had failed to assure them that everything had been done to meet the rule of law.

"No one, whether within this country or outside, is entitled to interfere with the course of our justice," he said.

"It is the failure of government and the defendant to bear that essential principle in mind that justifies the intervention of this court."

CAAT had argued that the SFO's decision to drop the probe was illegal under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD's) Anti-Bribery Convention.

"We are delighted." said CAAT's Symon Hill after the decision.

"It has been clear from the start that the dropping of the investigation was about neither national security nor jobs. It was due to the influence of BAE and Saudi princes over the UK government."

Susan Hawley of the Corner House said: "This is a great day for British justice. The judges have stood up for the right of independent prosecutors not to be subjected to political pressure."

Following the judgement, BAE said: "The case was between two campaign groups and the director of the SFO. It concerned the legality of a decision made by the director of the SFO.

"BAE Systems played no part in that decision."

For its part, the Serious Fraud Office said it had no further comment, but was "carefully" considering the implications of the judgement.

'Damage'

In December 2006, the then Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, announced that the SFO was suspending its inquiry.

Lord Goldsmith said its continuation would have caused "serious damage" to UK-Saudi relations and, in turn, threatened national security.

Saudi Arabia is reported to have threatened to cancel a further deal with BAE to supply it with Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and withdraw diplomatic co-operation unless the SFO investigation was stopped.

BAE argued it would "jeopardise" the multi-billion pound Typhoon deal and "seriously affect" relations with the Saudi kingdom.

The OECD said last month that it was launching its own investigation into the decision to drop the SFO inquiry.

The judges in London did not rule that the case would be reopened, but have said they would listen to further arguments.


SOURCE

BBC News, "SFO unlawful in ending BAE probe", 10 April 2008.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7339231.stm

"The Insider" mailing list article, 10 April 2008.

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