Aziz Rahman examines problems with SFO investigations
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has, it should be emphasised, a lot resting on its shoulders.
What’s their role?
Created by the Criminal Justice Act 1987 for the purpose of tackling the highest levels of serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption, it takes on a small number of large – and often high-profile – cases, which tends to mean that its successes, when they occur, are notable. And its failures never escape notice or criticism.
What’s the problem?
Unfortunately for the SFO, it appears to be going through a period where failures outweigh the successes. When you also consider the SFO is now having to face new matters as diverse as pandemic-relate...