Archive for the 'corruption' Category

UK clamps down on corruption with new Bribery Act – Ministry of Justice

“The UK will reinforce its reputation as a leader in the global fight against corruption when the Bribery Act comes into force on July 1, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 30th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Kenneth Clarke denies weakening new anti-bribery law – The Guardian

“Ministers have been accused of undermining the long delayed legislation intended to crack down on payments of bribes by business executives. Anti-corruption campaigners claim the government has surrendered to lobbying by business groups, creating loopholes that will allow dishonest companies to continue paying bribes to foreign politicians and officials.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Guidance notes on Bribery Act suggest common sense will rule – The Independent

“The Government’s guidance on the controversial Bribery Act is to offer an olive branch to business as its publication today kicks off the three-month countdown to the act becoming law.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ali Dizaei witness is arrested on suspicion of fraud – The Guardian

“The man whose evidence led to the jailing of a police chief has been arrested on suspicion of fraud days before the crown will try to convince judges that he is still a reliable witness, the Guardian has learned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bribery Act is not perfect but brings UK into line with OECD – The Guardian

“When the Ministry of Justice delayed the Bribery Act for the third time this week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) threatened to put the UK on an export blacklist along with Nigeria, Russia and Israel and others.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Network Rail: inquiry launched into ‘misuse of public funds and illicit payments’ – Daily Telegraph

“An inquiry has been launched into allegations that Network Rail, which runs the country’s track infrastructure, has been misusing public funds and claims senior officials received illicit payments.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BAE radar verdict – Daily Telegraph

“BAE Systems will today be sentenced after pleading guilty to failing to keep accurate records of the sale of military radar to Tanzania, the African country that does not have an air force.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Webster – WLR Daily

Regina v Webster [2010] EWCA Crim 2819; [2010] WLR (D) 216

“The reverse onus of proof which s 2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1916 effected on a prosecution for an offence contrary to s 1(2) of the Public Bodies Corrupt Practices Act 1889, placing on the defendant the legal burden of disproving guilt was no longer necessary and the means of imposition were unreasonable and disproportionate, and so it unjustifiably interfered with the presumption of innocence provided by art 6(2) of he Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It should therefore be read down pursuant to s 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 so as to impose a merely evidential burden on the defendant.”

WLR Daily, 6th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Appeal bid by former police chief adjourned – The Independent

“The latest appeal bid by a former Scotland Yard commander jailed for corruption will be heard next year after his case was adjourned today for investigations into new material he hopes will prove his innocence.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disgraced Dizaei paid just £750 court costs – Daily Telegraph

“Disgraced former police officer Ali Dizaei paid just £750 towards the five-figure cost of putting him on trial, it can be disclosed today.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Bribery Act and how in-house counsel can help combat corruption – Law Society’s Gazette

“In July the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that the Bribery Act will not come into force until April 2011, a full year after it received royal assent. At the same time, it promised to issue guidance to enable commercial organisations to understand the concept of ‘adequate procedures’. This guidance is the subject of a consultation process, managed by the MoJ, with a closing date for responses set for 8 November.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Sentence doubled for corrupt PC – The Independent

“A corrupt police officer who conspired with a drug dealer had his three-year jail sentence doubled at the Court of Appeal today.”

Full story

The Independent, 21st September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Attorney General: World Bribery & Corruption Compliance forum – Attorney General’s Office

“The Attorney General addresses the World Bribery & Corruption Compliance Forum in London, 14th September 2010.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 14th Setember 2010

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Government consults on anti-bribery guidance – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has published the six principles that will be used to determine whether or not a company is responsible for bribery offences committed by its employees or agents under new anti-corruption laws.”

Full story

OUT.LAW.com, 16th September 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Corrupt policeman jailed for seven years – the Guardian

“A corrupt policeman who sold stolen police uniforms and offered tips on how to foil detectives was jailed for seven years today for drug dealing and helping to plot a robbery at a jewellery store.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS lawyer admits serious offences in breach of trust – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said that Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sarfraz Ibrahim had disgraced the service through a serious breach of trust after he admitted charges of corruption, misconduct and attempting to pervert the course of justice.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 14th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Crown prosecutor who dropped assault case for £10,000 jailed – Daily Telegraph

“A corrupt Crown prosecutor who pocketed £10,000 to use his position to discontinue an assault case has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Prosecutor admits halting case for £20,000 bribe – The Independent

“A corrupt senior Crown prosecutor has admitted pocketing £20,000 to use his position to discontinue a criminal case, it can be reported today.”

Full story

The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disgraced Ali Dizaei to make renewed conviction appeal – The Independent

“Sacked police officer Ali Dizaei is to make a last ditch bid to have his conviction for corruption overturned, his solicitor said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 28th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

First British executive jailed for corrupting foreign officials – The Guardian

“The first British executive convicted of corrupting foreign officials to land contracts was today jailed for a year.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge says plea deal tied his hands over fine for corrupt firm – The Guardian

“A senior judge today criticised the Serious Fraud Office for striking plea bargains which let off corrupt companies too lightly.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Corrupt ex-Met Pc jailed for drugs for information deal – BBC News

“A former police officer has been jailed for three years for passing secret information to his wife and her drug dealer, in return for drugs and money.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Policeman faces jail over ‘dangerous conspiracy’ – The Independent

“An experienced but corrupt police officer faces jail today after being convicted of being at the centre of an ‘extremely dangerous conspiracy’. ”

Full story

The Independent, 12th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Met commander Ali Dizaei to launch appeal – The Guardian

“Disgraced officer, jailed for four years, is to appeal against conviction for corruption, says legal team.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Serious and Organised Crime Agency turns spotlight on police corruption – The Guardian

“The Serious and Organised Crime Agency is assessing the scale of corruption within the British police after concerns were raised by senior internal investigators, the Guardian can reveal.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ali Dizaei sentenced to four years in jail – The Guardian

“The most senior British police officer ever convicted of corruption offences was starting a four-year prison sentence ­yesterday after a jury found he had tried to frame an innocent man and told a series of lies in an attempt to cover up his abuse of office.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Stirland inquest looks at revenge killings – BBC News

“The public and press are being kept away from an inquest into the deaths of a Lincolnshire couple who were shot at a hideaway, for security reasons.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government plans to fight foreign bribery – Ministry of Justice

“The fight against foreign bribery steps up a level today as Justice Secretary Jack Straw announces new plans to combat global corruption.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government-ordered review to call for sport to unite in corruption war – The Guardian

“A review launched by the government in the wake of high-profile match-fixing allegations is set to recommend the creation of a single unit dedicated to investigating corruption in sports betting.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Peers to get standards watchdog – BBC News

“The House of Lords is set to get its own standards watchdog in the wake of cash for influence allegations, Lords leader Baroness Royall has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 29th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The costs of corruption – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has given a speech at the 5th European Forum on Anti-corruption about improving the legal framework relating to bribery and corruption.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 23rd June 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Britain accused of colonialism as it moves to take over ‘corrupt’ islands – The Observer

“Britain is preparing to suspend the constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands as a long-awaited inquiry is expected to find evidence that the country has been plagued by endemic corruption.”

Full story

The Observer, 7th June 2009

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

Ingrained arrogance in the police leads to miscarriages of justice – The Times

“Police attitudes have progressed by light years since the bad days of the 1980s and highly publicised miscarriages of justice. So runs the prevailing wisdom. But the recent police operation at the G20 summit and instinctive reaction of some officers to doctor the facts indicates that a deep-seated corruption in policing still prevails.”

Full story

The Times, 21st May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Two Labour peers face suspension for offering to change law for money – The Guardian

“Two Labour peers face suspension from the House of Lords until the autumn after being found guilty of offering to try to change the law in return for money.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lords in sleaze row could lose their peerages – Daily Telegraph

“Peers will be expelled from the House of Lords if they break the law under new powers being proposed in the wake of the cash for amendments controversy.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Stuart Lubbock death report rules out police corruption – The Guardian

“An independent report into the suspicious death of Stuart Lubbock at the entertainer Michael Barrymore’s home has ruled out allegations that Essex police officers were corrupt.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Police will not investigate ‘cash for amendments’ allegations – The Guardian

“Labour peers accused of attempting to change the law in favour of companies employing them will not be investigated by the police, Scotland Yard said today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Companies still not owning up to corruption – The Times

“Two out of five senior executives would attempt to bury a corruption problem rather than report it to authorities, a survey has found.”

Full story

The Times, 4th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Peers face suspension in House of Lords ‘laws for sale’ inquiry – The Times

“The House of Lords embarked on a hasty damage-limitation exercise yesterday by preparing new powers to suspend any member found to have broken the rules in the ‘cash for peers’ crisis.”

Full story

The Times, 27th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Anti-corruption champion – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has made a statement on the UK’s anti-corruption strategy following his appointment as the government’s anti-corruption champion.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 15th October 2008

Source: www.justice..gov.uk

Statement on House of Lords ruling: Corner House v SFO – Attorney General’s Office

“Statement on House of Lords ruling: Corner House v SFO.”

Full statement

Attorney General’s Office, 30th July 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

R (Corner House Research and another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) – WLR Daily

R (Corner House Research and another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) [2008] UKHL 60; [2008] WLR (D) 267

“Where, following threats by a foreign state as to the consequences, affecting national security, if he pursued an investigation into alleged corruption, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had discontinued it, he had been entitled in his discretion to do so.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Corner House Research and Another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office – Times Law Reports

Regina (Corner House Research and Another) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office

House of Lords

“Where he took the view that protecting the lives of British citizens outweighed the public interest in pursuing an investigation into allegations of corruption, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had been entitled to exercise his discretion to discontinue the corruption investigation following threats by a foreign state as to consequences affecting national security if he did not do so.”

The Times, 31st July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Lords overturn Saudi probe ruling – BBC News

“The House of Lords has ruled that the Serious Fraud Office acted lawfully when it halted its investigation into a Saudi arms deal.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

SFO consults on US-style plea bargains to boost its corruption conviction rates – Legal Week

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is poised to launch a consultation about bringing in a US-style plea bargaining system for UK companies involved in corruption cases.”

Full story

Legal Week, 10th July 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

SFO dropped BAE inquiry over ‘national security’ concerns, law lords told – The Times

“The decision to drop the Serious Fraud Office bribery investigation into BAE Systems’ £43 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia was taken for the sake of national security and not for commercial reasons, five law lords were told today.”

Full story

The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Top barristers battle over BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia – The Times

“Two of Britain’s highest-paid and most sought after QCs will go head to head during the Serious Fraud Office’s appeal against a High Court ruling that it unlawfully halted its investigation into the BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia. ”

Full story

The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police defend race-fixing inquiry – BBC News

“The City of London Police has defended the race-fixing investigation which ended with the collapse of a £10m trial but said procedures could be tightened.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Harry Redknapp launches High Court action – The Times

“Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, is launching a High Court action in London today over his arrest as part of the police inquiry into alleged corruption in football.”

Full story

The Times, 2nd May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

House of Lords to rule on BAE corruption inquiry – The Times

“The Serious Fraud Office is to challenge the ruling that it must rethink the halting of its investigation into a £43 billion arms deals between BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia.”

Full story

The Times, 25th April, 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

SFO to appeal High Court BAE verdict – The Times

” The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) will appeal against a recent High Court judgment that it ‘acted unlawfully’ when it dropped an investigation into bribery and corruption allegations over a BAE Systems’ arms deal with Saudi Arabia.”

Full story

The Times, 22nd April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Clash of arms – Law Society’s Gazette

“Four landmark court rulings last week placed into sharp focus the ongoing trial of strength between ministers and the judiciary.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th April 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Serious Fraud Office set to fight devastating arms deal judgment – The Times

“The Serious Fraud Office is to appeal against the devastating court ruling that it acted unlawfully by dropping its investigation into BAE Systems.”

Full story

The Times, 18th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Goldsmith urges appeal against BAE ruling – The Guardian

“Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, yesterday increased pressure on the Serious Fraud Office to appeal against last week’s high court ruling that the government acted unlawfully in blocking a criminal investigation of secret payments made by the arms company BAE Systems to Saudi Arabia.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Saudi case raises fears about law chief’s role – The Independent

“Gordon Brown faces a growing backlash over moves to give the attorney general sweeping powers to veto criminal investigations following devastating criticism of the Government’s decision to halt the inquiry into arms sales to Saudi Arabia.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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