Exaro has run parallel investigations into allegations of corruption that surround huge contracts between the UK and overseas countries.
Our disclosures about the UK’s deal to overhaul Saudi Arabia’s military communications triggered a criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
A series of reports shed light on mysterious payments worth millions of pounds that were made under the deal to offshore companies.
But the case also exposed shortcomings in the SFO’s attempts to investigate allegations against British companies of paying bribes to help secure lucrative contracts overseas.
Exaro also made a series of disclosures surrounding ‘Al Yamamah’, an even bigger contract under which the UK sold military jets to Saudi Arabia.
These included revelations of how the SFO had lost the case files in its investigation into Al Yamamah, and how Exaro had found them in a warehouse on London’s Docklands, where they were stored next to a cannabis farm.
Exaro has also uncovered details about the sale to India of helicopters for €556 million by AgustaWestland, a British subsidiary of a large defence group in Italy. Indian and Italian authorities are investigating bribery claims surrounding the deal. It has led India to cancel the contract.
Contractor’s e-mails reveal corruption claims in Saudi deal
Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Saudi Sangcom project – part 1
Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Saudi Sangcom project – part 2
Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Saudi Sangcom project – part 3
Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Saudi Sangcom project – part 4
Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Saudi Sangcom project – part 5
Secret memo puts MoD in frame over Saudi bribery claims
How MoD approved ‘agency fees’ in Sangcom deal
Sir Frank Cooper’s directive to DSO on ‘agency fees’
Sir Lester Suffield’s reply to directive on ‘agency fees’
Sir Frank Cooper’s response to DSO chief’s memo
Offshore payments linked to Saudi defence deal
Saudi defence deal is lucrative – and super-sensitive
UK defence company faces trouble over Saudi deal
Exposed: Cayman payments linked to Saudi defence deal
Letter from SFO’s Richard Alderman to Ian Foxley