Decision due over whether to prosecute ex-Barclays bankers
During the height of the financial crash, the high street giant had avoided a state bailout by securing emergency cash injections totalling £12billion – mostly from the Middle East.
As part of the deal, the bank revealed it had paid £116m in advisory fees and commission to Qatar Holding. But the British Financial Conduct Authority alleges that Barclays failed to disclose a further £322m worth of "advisory services agreements" made in 2008.
Barclays contested the FCA’s findings, but the case has been put to one side until the fraud prosecutor has completed its own inquiries.
The SFO has refused to be drawn on the details of its investigation, but confirmed that its team were "making progress". It’s understood the SFO is in the process of reviewing the evidence and deciding whether a prosecution is in the public interest. Their final decision on whether to proceed is expected by late-September or October.