Britain charges Barclays, ex-bosses over ‘unlawful’ Qatari deal

LONDON Barclays (BARC.L) and 4 former tip executives have been criminally charged over undisclosed payments to Qatari investors during a 12 billion bruise ($15 billion) puncture fundraising in 2008.

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) pronounced on Tuesday it was charging Barclays with swindling to dedicate rascal and wrong financial assistance, creation it a initial bank to face rapist charges over actions taken during a financial crisis.

Barclays pronounced it was deliberation a position and available serve information about a charges, that follow a five-year SFO exploration into how it avoided a predestine of Lloyds (LLOY.L) and RBS (RBS.L) by staving off a state bailout.

The SFO also charged former tip Barclays executives John Varley, Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath after questioning a two-part fundraising that enclosed a $3 billion Barclays loan to a rich Gulf state.

A counsel for Jenkins pronounced he would “vigorously defend” himself opposite a charges, adding his customer had perceived both inner and outmost authorised recommendation during a time.

A orator for Boath declined to comment. A counsel representing Varley declined to criticism and a counsel for Kalaris could not immediately be reached for comment.

The group are a many comparison bankers to be charged in Britain for purported crimes during a financial predicament and face jail sentences of adult to 10 years if found guilty.

Barclays, a initial bank to be prosecuted given David Green took over as conduct of a SFO in 2012, could be fined.

There was no claim of indiscretion opposite Qatar, that is a vital financier in Britain.


Varley, a bank’s former Chief Executive, Jenkins, a former taxation advisory boss, Kalaris, a ex CEO of Barclays’ resources multiplication and Boath, former European conduct of financial institutions, have been charged with swindling to dedicate rascal by fake illustration during a Jun 2008 collateral raising.

Varley and Jenkins have also been charged with swindling to dedicate rascal by fake illustration in propinquity to a second collateral lifting in Oct 2008 and Varley and Jenkins face another assign of wrong financial assistance, a SFO said.

The SFO’s review centered on blurb agreements between Barclays and Qatari investors during dual puncture account raisings in Jun and Oct during a tallness of a credit crisis.

Qatar Holding, partial of a Qatar Investment Authority emperor resources fund, and Challenger, an investment car of former Qatari primary apportion Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, invested around 5.3 billion pounds in Barclays.

Authorities have examined either payments from Barclays to Qatar during a same time, such as around 322 million pounds in “advisory services agreements” (ASA), alongside a multi-billion dollar loan, were honest and scrupulously disclosed.

Qatar, meanwhile, has done a healthy distinction from a investment and stays Barclays’ biggest shareholder, with a interest of around 6 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. The Gulf state has not been indicted of wrongdoing.

Barclays shares were trade 0.7 percent reduce during 205.45 pence by 0745 GMT, opposite a prosaic STOXX European bank index .SX7P.

(Reporting by Kirstin Ridley and Lawrence White, additional stating by Andrew MacAskill and Tom Finn in Qatar, modifying by Susan Fenton and Alexander Smith)

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