The Serious Fraud Office warned Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz that a high-profile investigation into their activities could drag on for “five to 10 years” if they didn’t come to a financial settlement.
As a purely personal opinion it wouldn\’t surprise me at all to find that there had been something \”interesting\” bout the financing of the property empire.
However, that\’s something for the SFO to prove under the law as it stnds and that they ain\’t managed to do. To the point of haing judges shouting at them for
lying misleading them about the evidence presented to gain search warrants.
But then to say, come on, cough up £50 million to charity or we spend 5 years investigating you. Umm, no maties, fuck off.
Perhaps we do have a system where the process itself is the punishment but we most certainly should not have such a system. Whichever civil servant suggested this repellent idea should be hung with the intestines of whoever approved it.