Author: Azizur Rahman 16 December 2021
With Serious Fraud Office (SFO) disclosure failings leading to the bribery conviction of an ex-Unaoil executive being quashed, The Times asked Aziz Rahman for his thoughts on the case.
Aziz said that the quashing of Ziad Akle’s conviction was a damning judgement on the SFO, especially as it prompted the Attorney General to begin a review of the agency.
He explained that the SFO now faces the challenge of having to persuade the Attorney General — and by extension the government — that it is fit for purpose.
The agency also has to convince the business world and its equivalent agencies in other countries – which it has to work with on cross-border investigations – that it is capable of doing the job it is required to do.
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Aziz Rahman is Senior Partner at Rahman Ravelli and its founder. His ability to coordinate national, international and multi-agency defences has led to success in some of the most significant corporate crime cases of this century and top rankings in international legal guides. He is recognised worldwide as one of the most capable legal experts regarding top-level, high-value commercial and financial disputes.