The High Court this morning ruled that the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) acted unlawfully when he stopped a corruption investigation into BAE Systems' arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

The judgment was handed down by Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Sullivan in response to a judicial review brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and The Corner House.

In the light of this judgment, the Serious Fraud Office must reopen the BAE-Saudi corruption investigation immediately. Both groups are calling upon the SFO to work jointly with US and Swiss investigators in doing so.

The judges detailed how BAE lobbied the Government by suggesting that the company would lose a large Saudi arms sale if the investigation was not dropped.

When the SFO was about to obtain access to Swiss bank accounts, Saudi Arabia threatened not only to cancel the arms deal but also to withdraw diplomatic and intelligence co-operation. This threat was made by Prince Bandar, who was allegedly complicit in the corruption under investigation.


RLCC Comment: Well, this is better than no one having to face the house.

Jesus said to take your complaint directly to the offender(s) and express it just between or among you. If that doesn't work, take some witnesses. If that doesn't work, tell the whole body. If that doesn't work, treat the offenders as the obvious heathens they've shown themselves to be.

Of course, this all presupposes that one is able to get to the offender to express things one-on-one in confidence. Such is not always the case, as with George W. Bush. Not everyone can speak privately with him about his offenses.

There are other situations too that would preclude handling things as Jesus mentioned. Jesus was referring specifically to those within the Church.

Of course, his rule is good to apply as closely as possible in all situations. It's a good foundation. Everything he said is.

Link to source-webpage by Ellie Keen, obtained via:, April 10, 2008, 3:32pm

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