Just a quick one to say how excited I am that CAAT and Corner house have won the court case last Friday :). The permission has now been granted to bring a full judicial review against the governments decision to cut short a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into alleged corruption by BAE Systems in recent arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
That really is fantastic news!
Well done to everyone who campaigned for the SFO inquiry to be re-opened and thanks a million to those of you who helped me raise 280 quid on pledegebank for CAAT to go ahead with the legal challenge. The money really helped to make a difference. Or as my friend Masa put it: “That was 10 quid well spent!”:)
CAATsymon who was actually in court that day never gets round to blogging here so here’s what he posted on the CAAT facebook group on the day of the victory:
“We’ve had a great victory in court today!
In a landmark ruling, the court gave CAAT and The Corner House permission to bring a judicial review about BAE’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The judicial review will take place in the High Court in January or February. Lawyers for CAAT and The Corner House will argue that the Government acted illegally in cutting short a Serious Fraud Office investigation into BAE’s Saudi arms deals. For more info read the CAAT statement and the Guardian report on the court ruling. Many thanks to everyone who’s supporting us on this issue! Your support is even more vital now that permission for the judicial review has been granted. “Let’s get ready for the big judicial battle early next year then, shall we?