Redknapp accused of £200,000 'bung' to Monaco account
Harry Redknapp was accused of taking a $295,000 [£200,000] "bung", paid into a secret Monaco bank account, on the first day of his trial on tax evasion charges yesterday. The Monaco bank account, set up in April 2002, and the £200,000 paid into it as part of a deal for Peter Crouch, was the centrepiece of the prosecution case against the Tottenham Hotspur manager.
Two payments of $145,000 [£93,000] and $150,000 [£96,000], transferred to Redknapp's Monaco account by then-Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric in 2002 and 2004 are at the heart of the case. The court heard the payments were "deliberately and dishonestly received by Redknapp". Mr Black QC, for the prosecution, said they were a "bung".
The court also heard that there had been a separate, 22-month investigation into Redknapp for a £300,000 payment over the transfer of Rio Ferdinand from West Ham, during which Redknapp did not mention the Monaco account.
Redknapp appeared in the dock of Court Six at Southwark Crown Court yesterday alongside Mandaric. Both men are accused of two counts of cheating the public revenue. Justice Leonard QC said he expected to the case to last for two weeks. MORE
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