View from City Road: Small consolation for the DTI
Wednesday 22 June 1994
The irony is that had he co-operated, as everyone else in the Guinness affair did, the SFO might have had more chance of securing a custodial sentence on the original charges. DTI Companies Act investigations remove a suspect's right of silence and his protection against self-incrimination.
Without 'confessions' secured by inspectors, Ernest Saunders, Gerald Ronson, Tony Parnes and Jack Lyons might have got off. Ward, beyond the DTI's reach in the US, realised this and refused contact. It is some consolation to the authorities that they managed to hit target on his silence, even if he is not around to serve time.
It seems doubtful he will return to pursue his High Court action against Guinness, which presumably was never any more than a bad joke in any case. Having so brazenly infringed our laws and regulations, it will be no bad thing if Mr Ward never sets foot here again.
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