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.
High Court reopens BAE-Saudi corruption investigation
24 April 2008
Campaigners win landmark ruling on BAE-Saudi corruption case
9 November 2007
US probe into BAE welcomed by CAAT and Corner House
26 June 2007
CAAT and Corner House respond to BAE revelations
12 June 2007
Challenge to refusal to permit judicial review
7 June 2007
Full grounds for judicial review lodged
20 April 2007
BAE admits to paying agent to investigate campaigners
18 April 2007
BAE defeated in court by CAAT
26 February 2007
Update on proposed Judicial Review
25 January 2007
Government's defence of the SFO decision received
19 January 2007
Legal challenge to decision to drop BAE corruption inquiry
19 Decemeber 2006
26 June 2007
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and The Corner House have welcomed the decision by the US Department of Justice to investigate BAE Systems' compliance with anti-corruption laws. The two organisations are currently seeking permission from the UK courts for a Judicial Review of the Government's December 2006 decision to stop the Serious Fraud Office inquiry into BAE's Al Yamamah deal with Saudi Arabia.
Ann Feltham of CAAT said:
It is good news that the Department of Justice is to look into the allegations of bribery by BAE, especially with regards to Saudi Arabia. CAAT hopes that the company and the UK government will co-operate fully with the investigators and provide all the documents necessary for them to do their work. The decision to stop the SFO's Al Yamamah inquiry and the failure to robustly enforce anti-corruption rules is harming the UK's international reputation.
Nick Hildyard of The Corner House said:
"We welcome the decision by the US Justice Department to pick up the ball that the SFO so shamefully dropped. Unlike the UK, the US has a strong record on corruption prosecutions and we are confident that it will not be cowed by BAE or Saudi princes."ENDS
1. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) works for the reduction and ultimate abolition of the international arms trade. The Corner House is an environmental and social justice NGO.
2. On 14 December 2006, the Serious Fraud Office and the Government announced that they were suspending an investigation into alleged corruption by BAE in its arms deals with Saudi Arabia. CAAT and the Corner House, an anti-corruption NGO, have lodged grounds for a judicial review of this decision.
3. Spokespeople for CAAT and The Corner House are available for interview.
CAAT - Symon Hill
020 7281 0297 or 07990 673 232
Corner House - Nicholas Hildyard
07773 750 534