CAAT staff and supporters were down at the High Court yesterday. Some weeks ago one of Britain’s leading arms companies, BAE Systems, got hold of a confidential CAAT document and wouldn’t tell anyone how.
Well – now they have to :). The High Court ruled yesterday that BAE Systems has to deliver a sworn legally binding statement telling us how they obtained the confidential information.
It’s a great victory for us! CAAT staff and supporters jumped for joy in front of the High Court:
This court case is part of a legal challenge CAAT and Corner House are launching against the government. The UK government has stopped an investigation of BAE Systems by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The SFO investigated allegation of bribes, which were allegedly paid by BAE systems to strike arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
The decision by the government to halt this investigation effectively placed BAE Systems above the law. And guess what – we’re having none of it!
In the meantime you could support CAAT and sign the online petition to Tony Blair and tell him to observe the rule of law by reinstating the BAE-Saudi Arabia criminal investigation.