Saturday, December 04, 2010

Er - No.

Asil Nadir, the appropriately-surnamed 'businessman' who has recently returned to this jurisdiction following a long sojourn in extradition-free Northern Cyprus was arrested today, apparently for breach of bail. A newspaper reported:-

The businessman, who is on £250,000 bail ahead of a trial for multimillion-pound theft charges, was arrested at 2.30pm on Saturday.
But later the former Tory party donor emerged from Charing Cross police station in London without charge.

Well he would, since breach of bail is not an offence per se. A court faced with such a breach can either revoke bail and remand to custody, or re-bail on the same or more onerous conditions, so charges don't come into it.

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