Former SFO boss comments on Triple-F

Jared Savage at the Herald has gone to the former and longest serving boss of the SFO, David Bradshaw, for comment on Five Fingers Feeley.

I would never celebrate the laying of charges. When you charge people, you don’t know whether they’re guilty. It’s a different culture.

“To me that whole scenario of ‘hooray, we’ve charged these people’ was a culture I did not want.

“After you charge someone, the court has to deal with the matter and the jury has to make a decision. That’s the system we go through.”

Under his regime, Mr Bradshaw said the SFO would celebrate together each year at Christmas but not to toast any particular investigation.

“[As the SFO director] you’ve always got to be so careful, because you’re in a privileged position.

“Put it this way. It wouldn’t have happened on my watch with the people I had there.

If I’d put an email out like that, I would have been torn apart by the people in the office. It’s a culture thing.

“[The champagne drinking] is frustrating for someone like myself, because it makes the office look silly.”

That is a very good point David Bradshaw has raised. This cowboy was celebrating charges being laid, not a successful prosecution. Now as a result of his cowboy actions he may very well have prejudiced the trial he celebrated.


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