Wednesday, July 09, 2008

UK-Saudi 'corruption'

"The British government made no attempt to persuade Saudi Arabia to withdraw threats to withhold key cooperation on counterterrorism before succumbing to those threats and halting a corruption inquiry into a multibillion pound contract with BAE Systems PLC, the House of Lords was told Tuesday.

"Lawyers for two anti-corruption lobby groups said that a letter written by the ambassador to Saudi Arabia some months after Britain's anti-fraud agency halted the probe in 2006 showed that he was concerned that he 'should have done more' to 'disabuse' a Saudi official making the threats..." - Law Lords told that US and Swiss investigations continue as they ...