Dear Serious Fraud Office,
i would like to know if the sfo will be pursuing the case against Celtic energy after the accused were dismissed by Cardiff crown court.
i would also be interested to know why the case did not make it to Southwark crown court as was expected.

Yours faithfully,

sue eldridge

Information Officer, Serious Fraud Office

Dear Ms Eldridge

Thank you for your email of 22 April below. We are considering it, as you requested, in line with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000.

The SFO has assigned the reference number 2014-027 to your request. Please quote this reference in any future correspondence.

The FOI Act requires us to reply to you promptly and within 20 working days following the day of receipt of your request. The deadline for replying to your request is Wednesday 21 May 2014. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us at [SFO request email].

More information about the FOI Act is available on the Information Commissioner’s Office’s website at www.ico.org.uk.

Kind regards

Christopher Simson
Serious Fraud Office

Chris Simson | Strategic Policy Adviser | SFO | 2-4 Cockspur Street | London | SW1Y 5BS | (+44) 020 7239 7315

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Information Officer, Serious Fraud Office

Dear Ms Eldridge

Further to my acknowledgement of 24 April of your request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I am now in a position to respond.

Your request was (numbers added by me for ease of reference):

(1) I would like to know if the SFO will be pursuing the case against Celtic Energy after the accused were dismissed by Cardiff Crown Court.

(2) I would also be interested to know why the case did not make it to Southwark Crown Court as was expected.

I can confirm under Section 1(1) (a) FOIA that we hold some information relevant to both parts of your request.

As regards (1), the case was brought against six individuals (Ms Bodman and Messrs Davies, Evans, Humphreys, Walters and Whiteley) rather than against the company Celtic Energy, and our response is on this basis. We believe this information to be exempt under section 22 FOIA (information intended for future publication: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000.... We will be putting our decision in relation to this case into the public domain. Section 22 FOIA is subject to a public interest test. We are now considering the balance of the public interest in withholding or releasing the information and will advise you of the outcome within 20 working days i.e. by Thursday 19 June at the latest. If we are able to provide you with a substantive answer before then, we will of course do so.

As regards (2), the then President of the Queen's Bench Division provisionally took the view that as the case related to Wales it was in the public interest that it be heard in Wales. Following consultation with interested parties this was confirmed.

If you are not happy with my reply, you may ask for a review. You must do this by writing to me within two months of the date of this email. It would help us with the review if you could tell us which aspects of my reply concern you and why you are dissatisfied. Please quote reference 2014-027 in any future correspondence.

If you are not content with the outcome of an internal review, you may apply direct to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner will not usually consider a case unless you have exhausted the internal review procedure. His address is The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Kind regards

Christopher Simson

Chris Simson | Strategic Policy Adviser | SFO | 2-4 Cockspur Street | London | SW1Y 5BS | (+44) 020 7239 7315

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Dear Information Officer,

thank you. i look forward to hearing the decision.

Yours sincerely,

sue eldridge

Information Officer, Serious Fraud Office

Dear Ms Eldridge

Further to my colleague's email, below, we have now published the information that you were seeking and the following was posted to our website this afternoon.

"Mr Justice Hickinbottom dismissed the charge of conspiracy to defraud against Eric Evans, Alan Whiteley, Frances Bodman, Richard Walters, Leighton Humphreys and Stephen Davies QC on 18 February 2014.

"After carefully considering the ruling, the SFO applied to the High Court for a voluntary bill of indictment on 28 April 2014. An application for a voluntary bill of indictment is an exceptional procedure which, if the High Court consents, will allow the SFO to re-institute criminal proceedings against the individuals, notwithstanding the earlier ruling of the Crown Court. A Court of Appeal judge has now been allocated to hear the application in due course.

Yours sincerely

Louise van der Straeten

SFO | 2-4 Cockspur Street | London | SW1Y 5BS | (+44) 020 7239 7000

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Dear Information Officer,
thank you ,i would be interested to know the outcome of the application.

Yours sincerely,

sue eldridge

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