By continuing your visit to this site, you accept the use of cookies. These ensure the smooth running of our services. Learn more.


The UK and corruption

The UK's decision not to pursue an investigation into arms sales to Saudi Arabia is a black mark against economic transparency and judicial freedom in the country, according to Kathrin Betz from ISN Security Watch in an article titled "Britain yields to bribery and corruption".

This case was raised by Transparency International.

She observed that since 1998, the UK has been party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, a binding multilateral treaty to fight corruption. The July ruling to halt an investigation into alleged corruption for reasons of public safety shows that the UK failed to fully incorporate the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention into domestic law. Read in context with recent legislative developments, this raises doubts about the UK's efficiency in fighting corruption and raises questions as to what extent national security considerations should be taken into account during corruption investigations.

And she concludes that with every new fact that comes to light in the BAE-Saudi case, the allegations will continue and the UK will have missed its chance to take a strong stance against corruption. It will also become entangled in its own anti-corruption hypocrisy.

19:10 Posted in UK | Permalink | Comments (0)

The comments are closed.