Serious Fraud Office faces humiliation in bitter battle with Vincent Tchenguiz

Posted 30/04/2012 - 06:34 by anrigaut

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After bungling a search of Tchenguiz's home, the ailing SFO is likely to suffer a stinging rebuke in court – and perhaps lose its biggest case altogether.

Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general who pressurised the Serious Fraud Office into abandoning its probe into BAE, has now suggested that the embattled agency is clinging on to its largest case in a decade "like Mr Micawber, in the hope that something will turn up", even though it has fatal flaws.

Goldsmith's incendiary remarks come as he represents Mayfair property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz in hearings with the agency before a full judicial review next month.