The committee said there must be greater parliamentary and public oversight of such prosecutorial decisions to restore confidence in the office. It also proposed that purely legal functions be carried out by a "career lawyer, not a political appointee, a politician or Member of Government" while ministerial functions "be carried out by a Minister in the new Ministry of Justice." Last month, the US Department of Justice launched a formal investigation [press release; JURIST report] into UK defense contractor BAE Systems [corporate website] following allegations that BAE established a $120 million slush fund for members of the Saudi Royal family in exchange for defense contracts. The Guardian has more.
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