So much for the SFO banishing its reputation as the “Serious Farce Office”.
Even the most ardent supporter of the corporate crime-fighting agency would struggle to put a positive slant on the collapse of its massive fraud case against two former senior Tesco directors.
The four-year inquiry, which cost taxpayers more than £10m, was condemned by the trial judge as “so weak that it should not be left for a jury’s consideration”. Sir John Royce even apologised to jurors for wasting two months of their time.
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