Howarth welcomes bribery case against BAE Systems

October 5, 2009 10:43 AM

David HowarthCambridge MP David Howarth has welcomed the decision by the Serious Fraud Office to pursue bribery allegations against giant defence company, BAE Systems.

But he has warned that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, who will have the final say in whether the case goes ahead, could stop it.

"The decision by the Serious Fraud Office to pursue these allegations is excellent news," said Mr Howarth. "But we have seen the government reluctant to push ahead with allegations against this company in the past, and it could happen again.

"This case must be allowed to proceed. It is vital that justice is seen to be done and this case is not swept under the carpet.

"I urge the Attorney General to follow through and give her backing to the work of the Serious Fraud Office."

Baroness Scotland must assess whether there is sufficient evidence for a prosecution and whether it is in the public interest to do so.

A separate allegation against the company in 2006, involving an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, was not pursued on the grounds of "national security".

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