Yesterday, the High Court granted our friends at Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) an injunction against BAe (one of my co-directors at Ekklesia, Symon Hill, came to us from CAAT and was involved in some of the original work in taking BAe to court).
Campaigners reacted with outrage last month month when the Serious Fraud Office announced it would drop all corruption investigations into BAE in return for the company admitting to “accounting irregularities” and handing over £30 million.
The High Court has now granted an injunction to stop the settlement going ahead.
CAAT are asking people to help keep the pressure by signing a statement and spreading the word by posting links and sending tweets and emails.
The SFO had agreed to let BAE admit to minor accounting irregularities in its sales to Tanzania, and pay a paltry fine. In return, it would not bring prosecutions relating to alleged bribery and corruption in BAE’s arms deals elsewhere, including in the Czech Republic, South Africa and Romania.
The injunction prevents the deal going ahead while the High Court considers CAAT's request for a judicial review of the settlement.
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