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Individual charged with destruction of evidence

9 November, 2015 | News Releases

An individual charged in connection with an ongoing SFO bribery and corruption investigation appeared before Southwark Crown Court today.

Richard Kingston, 53, from South Wales, has been charged with two offences of concealing, destroying or otherwise disposing of documents, knowing or suspecting they are relevant to a SFO investigation, contrary to Section 2(16) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987.

The next hearing, a Plea and Case Management hearing, is scheduled to take place on 1 February 2016 at Southwark Crown Court. A trial is scheduled to begin on 12 December 2016.

Notes for editors:

  1. Mr Kingston appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ court on 26 October 2015. These charges do not relate to the SFO’s ongoing Sweett Group plc investigation.  The charges arise out of an investigation into alleged corruption relating to construction projects in Iraq.  As proceedings are now underway, the strict liability rule in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 now applies.

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