Deception in High Places reveals the corruption endemic in Britain's biggest arms deals over the last fifty years.
Based on painstaking research in government archives, collections of private and court papers and documents won by the author in a landmark Freedom of Information Tribunal against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the book illuminates a shadow world of bribery and elite enrichment.
Deception in High Places charts British government involvement in arms trade corruption and presents the fullest history yet of bribery in Britain's arms deals with Saudi Arabia. It includes the backstory of the controversial termination of a Serious Fraud Office corruption investigation following pressure by the Saudi Royal Family and the British establishment.
Nicholas Gilby led the Campaign Against Arms Trade's efforts to expose corruption in Britain's arms deals with Saudi Arabia. He is the author of Deception in High Places: A History of Bribery in Britain's Arms Trade (Pluto, 2014) and The No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade (2009). His research has featured in the Guardian, BBC's Newsnight and Al Jazeera.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The chancer: Negotiating BAE's first Saudi deals (1963-66) 2. Hand in Glove: Whitehall's involvement in bribery schemes (1968-73) 3. The 'deniable fiddle': Dealing with the Saudi Arabian National Guard (1968-72) 4. The 'Special Relationship': Britain and the Shah of Iran (1970-78) 5. Parting ways: British and American corruption scandals (1975-76) 6. At arm's length: How the British Government avoided taking action against corruption (1976-78) 7. Thwarted: How international action against corruption was stopped in its tracks (1975-80) 8. 'Business as Usual' (1980-2001) 9. An Investigation Interrupted: The SFO & BAE Systems (2004-10) Conclusion Notes Index