The Serious Fraud Office today dropped its criminal prosecution of three former executives at security company G4S for allegedly defrauding the British government over an electronic tagging contract.
An SFO spokesperson said in a statement: “As a public prosecutor we have to make difficult decisions, including ending a prosecution where it is right to do so.”
Morris’ lawyer Ross Dixon said in a statement: “This case collapsed because the SFO failed to understand its own evidence, failed to secure significant evidence … and only at the eleventh hour disclosed key material that undermined its case.”
Bambos Tsiattalou, Founding Partner of Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, commented: “Today’s development is the latest in a long line of serious prosecutorial failures by the SFO.
“Repeated mistakes in multiple high profile trials have severely damaged the reputation of the SFO, and questions must be raised as to whether the agency is fit for purpose.”
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