Corner House Research and Campaign Against Arms Trade, Regina (on the Application of) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Another: Admn 10 Apr 2008

The defendant had had responsibility to investigate and if necessary prosecute a company suspected of serious offences of bribery and corruption in the conduct of contract negotiations. The investigation had been stopped, alledgedly at the instigation of the government of Saudi Arabia, with a threat of ceasing co-operation in security arrangements.
Held: The rule of law required that any investigation should be stopped only by the director of the Serious Fraud Office on his own and independent assessment of the matter. ‘The Director failed to appreciate that protection of the rule of law demanded that he should not yield to the threat. Nor was adequate consideration given to the damage to national security and to the rule of law by submission to the threat. No-one took any steps to explain that the attempt to halt the investigation by making threats could not, by law, succeed. The Saudi threat would have been an exercise in futility, had anyone acknowledged that principle. We are driven to the conclusion that the Director’s submission to the threat was unlawful.’
Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Sullivan
[2008] EWHC 714 (Admin), Times 10-Apr-2008
Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001
England and Wales
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Held: . .
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Updated: 01 February 2021; Ref: scu.266584