A man who is very quiet ...but then he might have something to keep very quiet about.
He is of course officially behind moves for trials without a jury.
UPDATE AS US WAKES UP TODAY
US Department of Justice (DOJ) considering launching formal inquiry intobribery and corruption allegations by BAE Systems in Saudi and elsewhere.
Quiet Mike O’Brien, the Solicitor-General, admits that Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has recently discussed allegations of corrupt practices by BAE with the DOJ at a very high level- he told Vincent Cable this in reply to a leter from him expressing the Liberal Democrat's concerns over the reputation of UK industry. The DOJ is said to be focusing on whether they have jurisdiction over payments alleged to have been made to win defence contracts from Saudi ARabia and other foreign governments, invloving at least South Africa, Chile, Romania, Tanzania, Qatar and the Czech Republic.
President Bush’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, which is operated by the DoJ, are said to be fascinated by a company called Red Diamond, a British Virgin Islands company,which is related to BAE Systems.
The key concern is that if money or communications to transfer funds from Red Diamond entered US jurisdiction, even in the form of electronic data, then in theory under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act BAE could be pursued by the DOJ.
Vince Cable, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, one of the few businessmen in the House of Commons with experience in this area asks “How can we allow an operation like Red Diamond to be hidden offshore, given the concerns about money laundering and corrupt practices?”
At Mid-day BAE shares were down 3.5 p on the day (0.8%).
For more see Lord Patel
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Aiding Africa - Tony, Barclays and BAE - a curious tale of President Kikwete and kickbacks
The accompanying picture shows the BAE Hawk Trainer with air to air missiles. AS sold to India and especially South Africa - sales which make a fascinating tale.