Who ordered the NCA to cancel its investigation into Russian money laundering

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
A number of MPs and Jon Benton, former head of the International Corruption Unit of the FCA have alleged that a senior Foreign Office official ordered Benton to quash its investigation of Russian money laundering in late 2018.

1. Could you confirm the name of the official(s) responsible?

2. Did the same officials order the Judiciary, the SFO and/or the FCA to quash or avoid investigations?

3. With Deutsche Bank and Danske Bank being deeply involved in Russian money laundering, and Dankse Bank having been exposed for secretly shipping bullion to its Russian clients, has the Foreign Office ordered a cover-up of accountancy discrepancies in the bullion inventories for Deutsche Bank or Danske Bank?

4. When was the Lord Chief Justice Sir Ian Burnett told that money laundering fraud should be covered up?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Taylor

FOI-DPA PMCS (Sensitive),

FOI Request Ref: 1137-19

Dear Mark Taylor

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It has been assigned a unique reference number (above) and has been passed to the relevant section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal with. They will be in touch with you should your request need clarification.

We received your request on 14 November 2019 and will aim to respond within 20 working days, following date of receipt.

Yours sincerely

Central FoI Unit
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FOI-DPA PMCS (Sensitive),

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Dear Mr Mark Taylor,


Please find attached our response to your FOI 1137-19.


Kind regards,


Case Manager


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