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"Compensation in Rangers case excessive, claims MP"

 

MacAskill's eyes, finally, water. 

 

Compensation in Rangers case excessive, claims MP

Kieran Andrews, Scottish Political Editor

Saturday January 15 2022, 12.01am, The Times

Football

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/compensation-in-rangers-case-excessive-claims-mp-n9rq5r7h6

 

Compensation paid to business experts wrongly arrested in the botched Rangers fraud investigation was almost 70 times more generous than similar “malicious prosecution” cases in England, new research has revealed.

David Whitehouse and Paul Clark, of Duff & Phelps, a global financial consultancy firm, were arrested in 2014 in relation to allegations of fraud linked to the Ibrox club’s financial collapse and subsequent sale. They were cleared of all charges.

Whitehouse and Clark, both 56, received a settlement worth more than £24 million and an apology from James Wolffe QC, the lord advocate at the time, after the Crown Office admitted their prosecution was “malicious”. This included £10.5 million each in damages, plus legal costs of at least £3 million.

Wolffe also admitted Charles Green, the former Rangers chief executive, and a former director, Imran Ahmad, should never have been prosecuted, with Green receiving more than £6 million in compensation plus legal costs.

Research carried out by the House of Commons for Kenny MacAskill, the former Scottish justice secretary, found that comparable cases south of the border appeared not to pay nearly as much.

 

It highlighted the case of Jonathan Rees, who was one of three men charged with the murder of a private investigator, who took action against the Metropolitan Police.

Rees lost an appeal to increase his award of £155,000 after seeking damages for distress, humiliation, anxiety and loss of liberty as well as aggravated and exemplary damages. His co-accused Glenn Vian also received £155,000, while Garry Vian was paid £104,000 after they won their malicious prosecution action against the Met.

 

MacAskill, now an MP for the Alba Party, said that the money paid out in the “white-collar” Rangers case also “dwarfs what’s paid to victims in Scotland whether in related matters or personal injury cases”.

He called for an explanation of why so much was given to those in the Rangers case. “An extraordinary amount of public money has been paid out,” MacAskill said. “It seems significantly more than in cases south of the border.”

 

Russell Findlay, Scottish Conservative community safety spokesman, said that an inquiry into the bungled Rangers investigation “must leave no stone unturned”. He added: “People deserve to know how these figures were calculated, why innocent men were hounded by the state and who is responsible for this costly debacle.”

 

The Court of Session ruled this week that the police investigation into David Grier, 60, also of the consultancy firm, had been riven with “incompetence” and a “lack of professionalism” but he had not been prosecuted maliciously. He had launched a £9 million damages claim against Police Scotland and the lord advocate. He said he would appeal against the decision.

 

Almost £40 million has so far been paid to settle claims made by businessmen who were arrested and faced “malicious prosecution”. The final cost to the taxpayer is expected to rise significantly, with Duff & Phelps seeking considerable redress for damage to its reputation. A public inquiry has been commissioned into the scandal.

 

A spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “The damages paid in this case reflect the circumstances of the pursuers as high-earning individuals.”

 

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First the Polis, then the Crown Office, now the BBC...

Any other publicly funded organisations that they can target?

I suppose it beats working.

 

BBC targeted in multi-million pound damages action over Rangers doc that sparked failed fraud case

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By Martin Williams  @Martin1WilliamsSenior News Reporter
Paul Clark, David Whitehouse and David Grier

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Paul Clark, David Whitehouse and David Grier

 
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THE BBC are facing a multi-million-pound defamation action over a documentary that sparked a failed Rangers fraud investigation and led to malicious prosecutions.

Three business turnaround experts from financial consultancy firm Duff and Phelps are expected to pursue the claim later this year which has been lying dormant for over six years.

 
The rest of this article is behind a paywall. 
 
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1 hour ago, Uilleam said:

First the Polis, then the Crown Office, now the BBC...

Any other publicly funded organisations that they can target?

I suppose it beats working.

 

BBC targeted in multi-million pound damages action over Rangers doc that sparked failed fraud case

 
3793828?type=thumb
By Martin Williams  @Martin1WilliamsSenior News Reporter
Paul Clark, David Whitehouse and David Grier

PREMIUM

Paul Clark, David Whitehouse and David Grier

 
     2 comments
 

THE BBC are facing a multi-million-pound defamation action over a documentary that sparked a failed Rangers fraud investigation and led to malicious prosecutions.

Three business turnaround experts from financial consultancy firm Duff and Phelps are expected to pursue the claim later this year which has been lying dormant for over six years.

 
The rest of this article is behind a paywall. 
 

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2 hours ago, Uilleam said:

First the Polis, then the Crown Office, now the BBC...

Any other publicly funded organisations that they can target?

I suppose it beats working.

 

BBC targeted in multi-million pound damages action over Rangers doc that sparked failed fraud case

 
3793828?type=thumb
By Martin Williams  @Martin1WilliamsSenior News Reporter
Paul Clark, David Whitehouse and David Grier

PREMIUM

Paul Clark, David Whitehouse and David Grier

 
     2 comments
 

THE BBC are facing a multi-million-pound defamation action over a documentary that sparked a failed Rangers fraud investigation and led to malicious prosecutions.

Three business turnaround experts from financial consultancy firm Duff and Phelps are expected to pursue the claim later this year which has been lying dormant for over six years.

 
The rest of this article is behind a paywall. 
 

Those being pursued for litigation are no friends of ours

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