The government commissioned review by Justice Butterfield said such an authority should be independent of Customs and be accountable directly to the attorney general.
In addition, the report also called for better, fully documented handling of informants, regular refresher training and more detailed expert legal advice for investigators. Customs investigators should also face ‘systematic external scrutiny’, the FT reported today.
A number of fraud investigations have gone badly wrong, most notably a trial of 15 men accused of fraudulently evading £84m alcohol duty, which collapsed in November.
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