Independent: The corruption of Britain: UKs key institutions, inc. juries, infiltrated by criminals
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Jan 20 14:27:17 GMT 2014
The corruption of Britain: UKs 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 Britains 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
Britains 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 UKs 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 doesnt 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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