Serious Fraud Office v Papachristos and another

Criminal law – Indictment. The defendants worked for a company which was a major manufacturer of an anti-knock fuel additive for use in motor gasoline. They had initially been charged with conspiracy to corrupt for allegedly bribing public officials and other agents of the Government of Indonesia. They sought leave to appeal against their conviction on a second count of conspiracy to corrupt, which had been added after the close of the prosecution case. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, refusing leave, held that no injustice had resulted from the addition of count 2. The court reduced the sentence from four years' imprisonment to three years' imprisonment in respect of one of the defendants where the judge had used the wrong starting point.

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