Students across the UK will stage a day of action today aimed at “kicking the arms trade off campus”. The last year has seen demonstrations and occupations in protest at universities’ links to arms companies.
The Serious Fraud Office is to face legal action over its “plea bargain” with the arms company BAE Systems. The Campaign Against Arms Trade and The Corner House have begun the process of a judicial review.
Faced with allegations of corruption in five continents, the arms company BAE Systems have agreed with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to pay out £30 million and admit to criminal charges involving “accounting irregularities”.
The Serious Fraud Office has triggered outrage by reaching a “plea bargain” with the arms company BAE Systems. BAE have admitted to two criminal charges and agreed to pay over £280 million, but will not face court.
In a potential breakthrough, a former agent of the arms company BAE Systems has been charged with corruption offences. The news has been welcomed by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, who say that the truth must come out in court.
An arms company and a military garrison are both facing criticism after seeking to present themselves as ethical by signing up to the 10:10 climate change campaign. They have pledged to cut carbon emissions by ten per cent during 2010.
Employees of the arms company Lockheed Martin experienced a surprise seasonal visit when activists turned up in festive costume to sing “updated” carols. The singers focused on the company's role in making nuclear weapons.
The head of the multinational arms company BAE Systems has provoked criticism with a dismissive comment about the Haddon-Cave Report into the deaths of 14 members of the UK armed forces in a Nimrod aircraft.
Dick Olver, head of the multinational arms company BAE Systems, will focus on ethics when delivering the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture next week. The news has been met with a mixture of derision and outrage.
The arms trade is undermining democracy in countries around the globe, according to Andrew Feinstein, a former MP in South Africa, who was nicknamed “Mr Clean” by the media for his determination to investigate corruption.