Author: Azizur Rahman 15 December 2021
With disclosure failings by the Serious Fraud Office leading to former Unaoil executive Zia Akle’s bribery conviction being quashed, Rahman Ravelli outlined the case’s importance to Thomson Reuters.
They explained to Thomson Reuters’ Regulatory Intelligence that the court’s quashing of the conviction was sending a message to prosecutors.
The Court of Appeal took the decision to impose the strongest possible sanction – dismissal with prejudice. This, Rahman Ravelli argued, was the court’s way of making it clear that any disclosure failures on the part of prosecutors will be very closely scrutinised.
In the future, prosecutors will need to defend the decision not to disclose. The judgment by the Court of Appeal in this case will be used as a guide.
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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.