Sustaining corruption legal challenges in a hostile political environment when corruption investigations have not been sustained
Insights from 'the BAE case'

by Sarah Sexton and Nicholas Hildyard

first published 1 November 2008

This presentation at the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference, held in Athens from 30 October - 2 November 2008, highlights the contrast between the UK government's stated commitments to tackling bribery and corruption and its actions in practice. Far from having a "lack of political will", it is argued that the government has immense political will to protect powerful companies from prosecution for bribery, and has thereby created a hostile political environment for fraud investigators and prosecutors.