This site was set up to detail the judicial review of the decision to end the SFO investigation into BAE-Saudi arms deals.
Now the judicial review has finished, the site will be left online for the record. It is frozen as of February 2009.
1. Bringing the Judicial Review
Dec2006 - Nov2007
2. Judicial Review hearing
3. Changing the law
4. Judicial Review ruling
5. SFO appeal to House of Lords
6. They think it's all over; it isn't now...
Oct 2008 -
On 30 July 2008, the House of Lords overturned a High Court which had declared that the Serious Fraud Office had acted unlawfully in December 2006 when it stopped its investigation into alleged corruption by BAE Systems in recent arms contracts with Saudi Arabia. The judicial review case had been brought by CAAT and The Corner House.
Here is a timeline of developments during this legal challenge, with links to key legal and background documents.
Bringing the Judicial Review
December 2006 - November 2007: Investigation dropped; legal challenge; spying; permission granted
Judicial Review Hearing
January-February 2008: Release of documents; the Hearing
Changing the law
March-June 2008: The Government attempts to change the law; parliamentary committees respond
Judicial Review ruling
April 2008: The SFO acted unlawfully
In the House of Lords
April-July 2008: The SFO's successful appeal to the House of Lords
They think it's all over; it isn't now...
October 2008 - : Developments in the months following the judicial review