UK: Tony Blair plans to close down Serious Fraud Office, as it exposed his Saudi Arabia-BAE Systems corruption


BAE Systems and corruption, cartoon

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Move to close down Serious Fraud Office

Plan emerges months after BAE row

Simon Bowers and Patrick Wintour

Friday February 23, 2007

Ministers have begun working on proposals to disband the Serious Fraud Office, merging operations with other agencies, the Guardian has learned.

The plan comes three months after relations between the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, and SFO director Robert Wardle reached an all-time low over the latter’s two-year investigation into kickback allegations linked to a BAE Systems contract with Saudi Arabia.

Update: here.

Exclusive: Cash pours in from dodgy firms which will win big if Theresa May kills off Serious Fraud Office: here.

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