Court rules Britain wrong to stop BAE-Saudi arms probe

Britain's High Court Thursday overturned the decision to drop an investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in a major arms deal between arms maker BAE and Saudi Arabia.

Court rules Britain wrong to stop BAE-Saudi arms probe

Britain's Serious Fraud Office abandoned the inquiry into a 1985 BAE Systems deal worth 43 billion pounds (85 billion dollars, 54 billion euros) to provide Saudi Arabia with fighter jets.

The then Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith announced in December 2006 that the probe into the arms company was to be discontinued.

Tony Blair, prime minister at the time, said the Saudis had privately threatened to cut intelligence cooperation with Britain unless the inquiry was halted.

But two judges ruled Thursday that Serious Fraud Office director Robert Wardle "was required to satisfy the court that all that could reasonably be done had been done to resist the threat.

"He has failed to do so."

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