UK / LOCKERBIE
Palestinian plotters behind the Lockerbie bombing laid a false trail to “divert the blame” to Libya. That was the staggering finding of a lengthy investigation carried out by a former senior prosecutor from America and an ex-deputy head of Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch.
The “final report” by the two highly-experienced investigators destroys the official version of events surrounding the terrorist attack in 1988.
UK / PARLIAMENT
MPs, peers and their staff have suffered repeated computer crashes in their parliamentary offices after an upgrade project went wrong.
An e-mail written by the head of IT for the Houses of Parliament last week, which was passed to Exaro, explains how an outside contractor was brought in to improve the systems, only to make them much worse.
Business / DEFENCE
UK officials helped an Anglo-Italian contractor clinch a huge helicopter deal with India that has become embroiled in bribery allegations, Exaro can reveal.
The civil servants were from UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO), the government agency that promotes British exports. The disclosure undermines efforts by David Cameron, prime minister, to distance the UK from the allegations.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Claims that the Home Office once provided funding to the Paedophile Information Exchange centre on decisions by a senior civil servant, Exaro can reveal.
A whistleblower from the department has identified the official who is accused of brushing aside concerns about government funding for PIE. The official was obsessed by an academic interest in gay relationships between men and boys. Updated 1 March 2014 9.14pm.
IT sector sees sharper rise in insolvencies than overall economy
Information and communication companies are suffering a rising number of insolvencies, according to analysis by Exaro. By contrast, transportation and storage companies are seeing falls across all types of insolvency. The latest figures from the Exaro Insolvency Index mark the varying fortunes for different sectors as the UK economy sees a slight upturn in company failures, after months of decreases.
Police poised to level charges in paedophile ring linked to MPs
Detectives expect to press charges within weeks in an investigation that was sparked by a question in Parliament about a paedophile ring linked to politicians. The charges would be the first to result directly from the dramatic intervention by Tom Watson, the MP. A bishop has alleged to officers on the case that he was sexually abused as a boy.
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Police and CPS ‘leave survivors of child sex abuse in the lurch’
Dozens of people who allegedly suffered child sex abuse have come forward to say that in the past 16 months police and prosecutors failed them. They made criminal allegations to police since Jimmy Savile, the late BBC star, was exposed as a paedophile, marking what was seen as a watershed in how the authorities would handle such claims.