COMMENT: Suspicion of Hanover criminality is not enough

“It has never been the rule in this country … that suspected criminal offences must automatically be subject of prosecution.”

In the wake of fallout from the Serious Fraud Office’s decision not to lay criminal charges against Hanover Finance directors and promoters, that 1951 quote from Sir Hartley Shawcross QC MP, the then United Kingdom Attorney-General, in relation to prosecutorial discretion, is telling.

 

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