Stacy Summary: Let’s see if Gordo tries to thwart justice as Blair did.
- BAE may face justice after all (but don’t count on it)
The latest probe involves contracts BAE won from countries including Tanzania, the Czech Republic, Romania and South Africa. The company denies the allegations, but there have been rumours of negotiations with the authorities over a “plea bargain”.
A separate case concerning a deal with Saudi Arabia was dropped in 2007 on national security grounds, following the intervention of then-prime minister Tony Blair.
The final decision on whether to proceed would be taken by Attorney General Baroness Scotland.
Senior Lib Dem MP Sir Menzies Campbell said the potential implications were “serious, not just for BAE but for Britain’s defence capacity”.