Improving Britain’s ability to convict those paying bribes in arms deals

In the past the authorities in the United States have been much more successful in prosecuting foreign bribery by their companies than the authorities in Britain.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest report on steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in the United Kingdom is far more scanty than […]

The Ministry of Defence and detecting bribery in Saudi arms deals

Two of the biggest UK arms deals with Saudi Arabia have been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. The investigation into Al Yamamah (now known as the Saudi British Defence Co-Operation Programme) ended in 2006. The investigation into the SANGCOM project is on-going.

The US investigation into Al Yamamah resulted in the conviction of the […]

Parliamentary “scrutiny” of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia

In November 2013 Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee published its report into the UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Select Committees are supposed to scrutinise Government policy on behalf of the electorate. Let’s see what they had to say about the issue of corruption in the UK’s arms deals with Saudi Arabia:

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How serious is the UK about taking action against foreign bribery?

At the end of March the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published its latest report on steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in the United Kingdom.

This report shows the jury is still out on seriousness of the UK’s commitment to act against foreign bribery by UK companies or […]