Business / TAX
Around 300 “Google-style” sweetheart tax deals are under investigation across the European Union, Exaro can reveal.
Sources at the European Commission confirmed to Exaro the number of “rulings” under scrutiny across all 28 EU states. The investigations, which are at an early stage, could lead to findings that specific countries were providing state aid illegally through such deals. Updated 11 February 2016
UK / LORD BRITTAN
Scotland Yard was right to interview former home secretary Lord Brittan over a rape claim, a police review of the case has concluded.
The review by Dorset Police found that the investigation into the claim that Brittan raped a 19-year-old female student in 1967 was “necessary, proportionate and fully justified”. The original refusal to interview him under caution was wrong, it concludes.
Exaro / EVENTS
Police have opened an investigation into why allegations against Tory grandee Sir Peter Morrison of sexually molesting underage boys were dropped. Paul Connew, former editor of the Sunday Mirror, made the disclosure at Exaro’s panel debate on child sex abuse.
And Robert Montagu, son of another late former Conservative MP, Victor Montagu, made an impassioned plea for mandatory reporting of child sex abuse.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Retired judge Dame Janet Smith has clashed with an unnamed disc-jockey over her inquiry into BBC star Sir Jimmy Savile, Exaro can reveal.
The unnamed DJ is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, who committed suicide a month later. The DJ’s lawyers demanded to see what Smith planned to write about the case in her inquiry report, which was leaked to Exaro.
Analysis: why Exaro ran disclosures from leaked Smith review
We published disclosures from the leaked report of the BBC-commissioned inquiry into Sir Jimmy Savile because of an overwhelming public interest. Exaro’s Editor-in-Chief and its lead reporter on the story say that the unwarranted delay in the report’s publication added to the torture of the scores of survivors of sexual abuse by Savile and others at the BBC who had testified to the inquiry.
‘Defeat devices’: EU ignored warnings over exhaust emissions
European leaders failed to tackle car makers over the cheating of emissions tests despite a clear public warning back in 2012, Exaro has established. Three years before the US Environmental Protection Agency caught Volkswagen out for using software in diesel engines to cheat emissions tests, there was growing concern in European Union institutions about trickery employed by car makers to deceive regulators over exhaust gases.
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Wanted by Interpol: ‘Mr Fixit’ for Westland’s €560m Indian deal
Interpol has issued a “red notice” for the arrest of a British businessman implicated in a bribery scandal over a UK defence contract in India. India’s Central Bureau of Investigation wants Christian Michel to be seized and extradited for prosecution over allegations of running a slush fund of €30 million linked to a €560 million deal secured by AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter maker. Updated 15 December 2015 11.30am