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SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOUR OF GOVERNMENT EXPOSED THANKS TO S.F.O. RULING - HOWARTH

April 10, 2008 12:00 AM

Lib Dem Shadow Justice Minister David Howarth welcomed the High Court ruling in the SFO case. The High Court ruled that the Serious Fraud Office acted unlawfully by dropping a corruption inquiry into a £43bn Saudi arms deal.

Commenting on the ruling, David Howarth MP said:

"This ruling exposes a scandalous behaviour of the Government interfering with the rule of the law and giving in to pressure from Saudi Arabia to cover up corruption.

"This whole episode had a bad impact on the UK's international reputation and the ruling will fortunately fix it. It shows the primacy of the law over political considerations.

"I'm delighted that I was able to play a part in the process."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1. David Howarth MP was quoted in paragraph 92 of the ruling.