No charges for Werritty over 'fraud' probe
31 October 2012
Adam Werritty will not face fraud charges related to his working relationship with former Defence Secretary Liam Fox due to a lack of evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.
Werritty's presence on 18 foreign trips and at 22 meetings in the Ministry of Defence during Fox's 17 months as Defence Secretary led to accusations that the Defence Secretary's former flatmate was providing donors with access to Fox.
Fox resigned on 14 October 2011 after it was found that his dealings with Werritty were in breach of the ministerial code, and shortly afterwards Labour MP John Mann asked the City of London police to investigate whether a fraud may have been committed during the meetings.
"Following an investigation by City of London Police, we have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Adam Werritty for any alleged offences," said Crown Prosecution Service spokesman Andrew Penhale.
"The matters referred to us involved the alleged misuse of Mr Werritty's business cards and of funds donated to his business.
"These are matters which have been widely reported. In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have advised City of London Police that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction."
In an article for Spectator magazine last December, Werritty said that reporting of the meetings had been "long on drama and innuendo, but short on details and specifics".
"What had this 'villainous' Adam Werritty actually done?" he wrote.
Werritty said that his "unusual" role was to "research and network" on behalf of donors
"To meet various experts, attend forums and conferences and get a solid understanding of various foreign affairs issues."
HAVE YOUR SAY
31 October 2012
So, how is the enquiry into the leak of Fox's confidential letter to the PM going? The one that put it on record how bullish he was on defence spending and that mysteriously found its way to a newspaper widely read by those members of the Conservative Party who would be likely to support a right wing challenger for the Party leadership. Being confidential, the letter would have had a very limited circulation indeed within MOD Main Building, so it's curious that, after 2 years, the rigorous enquiries indignantly promised by Fox have never found the culprit.
Then there was another letter of Fox's to Chris Huhne, about an unpopular plan to build electricity pylons in Fox's constituency. This one had nothing to do with the MOD, and never went anywhere near MOD staff. Yet that unaccountably got leaked as well. What an unlucky chap he is!
Stan - York
01 November 2012
A very good point re: the defence letter. I asked the MoD Police in April this year what the status of the investigation into 'that' letter was and here was the response: "The investigation results were reported to the Secretary of State, and no further police action was required."
Although it had slipped my mind until now, I'm hoping to put together an FoI request to fill in the many blanks. left by this response.
Thanks for bringing it up.
JS - Editor - DefenceManagement.com