High Court reopens BAE-Saudi corruption investigation

by The Corner House and CAAT

first published 24 April 2008

On 24 April 2008, the UK High Court formally quashed the Serious Fraud Office's (SFO) decision to drop its corruption investigation into arms deals between BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia.

It also gave the SFO permission to appeal to the House of Lords against its 10th April 2008 ruling that the SFO's termination of the investigation was unlawful.

The High Court ordered the SFO to pay the costs of the judicial review so far and all reasonable costs of the appeal, regardless of the outcome.

The judges expressly thanked The Corner House and CAAT for bringing the judicial review of the SFO decision.