Independent: The corruption of Britain: UK’s key institutions, inc. juries, infiltrated by criminals

Tony Gosling tony at
Mon Jan 20 14:27:17 GMT 2014

The corruption of Britain: UK’s key institutions infiltrated by criminals
Secret report shows how organised crime 
infiltrated judicial system as well as police 
with prison service and HM Revenue & Customs also compromised
  Tom Harper   -     Investigations 
Reporter  -    Friday 10 January 2014
The entire criminal justice system was 
infiltrated by organised crime gangs, according 
to a secret Scotland Yard report leaked to The Independent.
In 2003 Operation Tiberius found that men 
suspected of being Britain’s most notorious 
criminals had compromised multiple agencies, 
including HM Revenue & Customs, the Crown 
Prosecution Service, the City of London Police 
and the Prison Service, as well as pillars of the 
criminal justice system including juries and the legal profession.
The strategic intelligence scoping exercise – 
“ratified by the most senior management” at the 
Met – uncovered jurors being bought off or 
threatened to return not-guilty verdicts; corrupt 
individuals working for HMRC, both in the UK and 
overseas; and “get out of jail free cards” being bought for £50,000.
The report states that the infiltration made it 
almost impossible for police and prosecutors to 
successfully pursue the organised gangs that 
police suspected controlled much of the criminal underworld.
The author of Tiberius, which was compiled from 
intelligence sources including covert police 
informants, live telephone intercepts, briefings 
from the security services and thousands of 
historical files, came to the desperate 
conclusion: “Quite how much more damage could be done is difficult to imagine.”
The fresh revelations come a day after The 
Independent revealed that Tiberius had concluded 
the Metropolitan Police suffered “endemic police 
corruption” at the time, and that some of 
Britain’s most dangerous organised crime 
syndicates were able to infiltrate New Scotland Yard “at will”.
In its conclusions, the report stated: “The true 
assessment of the damage caused by these corrupt 
networks is impossible to make at this stage, 
until further proactive scoping has been undertaken.
“However a statement by an experienced SIO 
[senior investigating officer] currently attached 
to SO 1(3) gives some indication of the depth of 
the problem in east and north-east London: ‘I 
feel that at the current time I cannot carry out 
an ethical murder investigation without the fear of it being compromised.’
“The ramifications of this statement are serious 
and disturbing and provide a snapshot of the 
current threat to the criminal justice system. 
Additionally the fact that none of these 
syndicates have been seriously disrupted over the 
last five years provides an insight into the effectiveness of their networks.”
In one case identified by Tiberius, a leading 
criminal was acquitted of importing cannabis 
after he allegedly “bought” members of the jury 
hearing his case. A named police officer “was 
involved in some way or another”, according to the report.
Tiberius also revealed the Met was concerned at 
the time with a national newspaper story on the 
ability of the Adams family to escape the law by 
penetrating the criminal justice system.
In 1998, police appeared to have finally made a 
breakthrough when Tommy Adams was jailed for more 
than seven years for importing cannabis.
However, the article cited by Tiberius stated 
that the “only reason the Adams family had 
allowed the prosecution to succeed and had not 
resorted to bribery or intimidation to thwart it, 
was because the other brothers wanted to teach 
Tommy a lesson for getting involved in crimes they had not authorised”.
The article concluded: “Witnesses terrified into 
silence, dodgy jurors, bent lawyers, bent 
policemen and bent CPS clerks – all are part of 
the same cancer eating away at justice. A cure 
for the malady will not be easy to come by. 
Perhaps we should begin by acknowledging that the patient is sick.”
Tiberius disclosed that the Met interviewed the 
journalist who wrote the story after the murder 
of Solly Nahome, a money launderer credited as 
the “brains” behind the Adams’ criminal empire. 
The reporter stated one of her journalistic 
sources on the family was a corrupt police 
officer but did not disclose who it was.
Another case of corruption beyond the Met, 
identified by Tiberius, included intelligence of 
alleged foul play within HMRC, which is supposed 
to lead the UK’s fight against white-collar crime such as money laundering.
In 2000, according to Tiberius, a key police 
informant was secretly helping Scotland Yard with 
an investigation into the importation of £10m of 
heroin by a Turkish gang in north London.
The deal went wrong, the informant was tortured 
in a cellar and “an attempt was made to sever his 
fingers with a pair of garden shears”. His 
associate was also attacked and had “three fingers chopped off with a machete”.
The henchman Tiberius alleged had committed the 
assaults was the son of a named Met detective, 
who repeatedly tried to impede police inquiries 
into the case, according to Tiberius. He also had 
a corrupt relationship with a named detective 
sergeant then based in Marylebone police station 
who is suspected to have “organised cheque 
frauds”. Research conducted by The Independent 
suggests that none of the three men has ever been prosecuted.
The Turkish drug dealer was later convicted and 
told police he was an HMRC informant. He said he 
knew of “corrupt contacts within the police” and 
had a Cyprus-based customs officer as a handler who “took money off him”.
Alastair Morgan, whose brother Daniel was 
murdered in 1987 before he could expose links 
between Met officers and organised crime, told 
The Independent: “Despite all the protestations 
by police that things have changed since the ‘bad 
old days’, this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.
“The police have no desire to tackle this. It 
would be too damaging to have it all aired in 
open court. The Met is a highly political organisation.”
Scotland Yard said: “[We] will not tolerate any 
behaviour by our officers and staff which could 
damage the trust placed in police by the public. 
We are determined to pursue corruption in all its 
forms and with all possible vigour. All such 
allegations and intelligence are taken extremely seriously.”
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