There are whispers in Whitehall that a decision on the future of the Serious Fraud Office is imminent. The Home Office is considering rolling the Serious Fraud Office’s lawyers into the Crown Prosecution Service, while its investigators would be hived off into a new FBI-esque crime agency. And all this against the advice of most experts in the field.
In 2002 I was detained by police at Kochi airport in Kerala. It seemed I had failed to get a vital stamp on my passport. Having missed my flight back to the UK to attend my auntie’s wedding, I was told I had to, the next day, report to the police station, which I duly did.
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”.
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.
Over 100 faith leaders have written to the United Nations Secretary-General ahead of a crucial international meeting on corruption. They insist that corruption is underming attempts to reduce global poverty.