TI welcomes judicial review of major foreign bribery case

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International (TI) welcomes today’s ruling by the British High Court allowing a full judicial review of the UK government’s decision to terminate an investigation into allegations of bribery by BAE Systems on the Al Yamamah arms project in Saudi Arabia.

“We are encouraged and hopeful that commitments made under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention will prevail. This decision will help to ensure that the Convention is implemented and investigations are carried out when necessary”, said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.

The UK government’s assertion that national security concerns overrode its commitment to prosecute foreign bribery created a loophole that other governments might readily use to sidestep the convention’s provisions. Since the investigation was stopped by the Serious Fraud Office, TI has argued that Article Five of the convention forbids termination of a corruption investigation for any reason other than the merits of the case. The convention contains no provision for a national security exception.

“Hopefully, the judicial review will strengthen the case for effective prosecution of foreign bribery by the UK without political interference –which is critical to restoring the UK’s credibility in fighting international corruption”, said Laurence Cockcroft, Chair of Transparency International UK.

The OECD’s Anti-Bribery Convention is an essential legal framework committing the world’s leading industrialised nations to criminalise the bribery of foreign public officials. Almost ten years after its adoption, there has been little or no enforcement in two-thirds of signatory countries.

TI’s 2007 Progress Report on OECD Convention Enforcement , issued in July, shows that more than half of 34 parties to the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials are not enforcing the Convention or keeping their commitments.


For any press enquiries please contact

Gypsy Guillén Kaiser
T: +49-30-3438 20662
Fax: +49-30-3470 3912
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Latest

Support Transparency International

Risky business: Europe’s golden visa programmes

Are EU Member States accepting too much risk in their investor migration schemes?

Future Against Corruption Award 2018

TI is calling on young people across the globe to join the anti-corruption movement. People between the age of 18 and 35 are invited to submit a short video clip presenting their idea on new ways to fight corruption. Three finalists will be invited to Berlin during the International Anti-Corruption Day festivities to be awarded with the Future Against Corruption Award. Apply today!

The Azerbaijani Laundromat one year on: has justice been served?

In September last year, a massive leak of bank records from 2012 to 2014 showed that the ruling elite of Azerbaijan ran a $3 billion slush fund and an international money laundering scheme. One year on, has enough been done to hold those involved to account?

Right to information: knowledge is power

The right to information is vital for preventing corruption. When citizens can access key facts and data from governments, it is more difficult to hide abuses of power and other illegal activities - governments can be held accountable.

Paradise lost among Maldives dodgy land deals

Should tourists run for cover as a storm of corruption allegations sweeps across the Maldives?

Foreign bribery rages unchecked in over half of global trade

There are many losers and few winners when companies bribe foreign public officials to win lucrative overseas contracts. In prioritising profits over principles, governments in most major exporting countries fail to prosecute companies flouting laws criminalising foreign bribery.

Ensuring that climate funds reach those in need

As climate change creates huge ecological and economic damage, more and more money is being given to at-risk countries to help them prevent it and adapt to its effects. But poorly governed climate finance can be diverted into private bank accounts and vanity projects, often leading to damaging effects.

Social Media

Follow us on Social Media