Arms trade corruption needs pursuing

By Press Office
October 1, 2009

Commenting on the Serious Fraud Office's decision to prosecute arms giant BAE Systems over major corruption allegations, Symon Hill,associate director of the think-tank Ekklesia (who previously worked for Campaign Against Arms Trade and was involved in the legal challenge against the dropping of the BAE Saudi investigation in 2006) said:

“If the rich and powerful are to be subject to the same laws as the rest of us then this prosecution must be pursued thoroughly. It is vital that justice is not again derailed due to the undemocratic influence of arms dealers and their friends in government and the media”.

Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow added: "The spotlight will now come back on to ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who played a major role in getting the previous fraud investigation dropped. This one is an even larger affair. Whatever else happens, a serious enquiry is needed into the government's murky entanglements with the arms industry."

See Symon Hill's article, 'Time for BAE to face justice' -

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