Justice in slow motion

Financial crimes take a long time to prosecute - the UK SFO will try to speed things up

Alexander Campbell

This summer’s seen a qualified triumph for the UK’s embattled Serious Fraud Office. Good news: the SFO has got a conviction in an extremely high-profile case involving the theft of tens of millions of pounds. Bad news: the actual crime happened while a lot of us were still at school. Asil Nadir’s Polly Peck trading company collapsed in 1990. Only in August this year did he begin a 10-year prison sentence for the thefts that brought it down.

Most financial malfeasance cases don’t – and shouldn’t –

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