Thursday, April 10, 2008
Campaigners win BAE-Saudi corruuption courtcase
The Corner House and Campaign Against Arms Trade WIN BAE-Saudi corruuption
Court rules UK Serious Fraud Office termination of investigation illegal.
Thursday 10 April 2008
This morning at 10 o'clock, the UK High Court ruled that the Director of
the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) acted unlawfully when he stopped a
corruption investigation into BAE Systems' arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
The judgment was handed down in response to a judicial review brought by
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and The Corner House.
The judges described the SFO Director's subsequent termination of the
investigation on 14th December 2006 as a 'successful attempt by a foreign
government to pervert the course of justice in the United Kingdom'.
They were scathing about the arguments given in court for ending the
'It is obvious . . . that the decision to halt the investigation suited
the objectives of the executive. Stopping the investigation avoided
uncomfortable consequences, both commercial and diplomatic.'
Both groups would like to thank all those who have supported us throughout
the past 16 months in bringing this court case. It wouldn't have been
possible without you!
As we said in our statement read out at the press conference: 'This is not
just CAAT's and Corner House's case. It is yours too. It belongs to
everyone who is troubled by corruption, by the arms trade, and by the
misuse of national security arguments to protect the powerful'.
We'll post the judgment, press release, statement and analysis up on our
website as soon as we've recovered . . . We'll also send you a selection
of the media coverage.
But if you can't wait -- or would like to see pictures of today's press
conference -- please go to our dedicated judicial review website: