PracticeConsultingBaker Tilly to investigate claims of secret Aitken account

Baker Tilly to investigate claims of secret Aitken account

Fresh controversy surrounding the finances of disgraced former cabinet ministerJonathan Aitken is under investigation by bankruptcy experts at accountantsBaker Tilly.

The top ten firm’s investigation leader Louise Brittan has confirmed thather team would be looking into reports that bankrupt Aitken received $4m into asecret Swiss bank account.

Aitken has denied the report of an account at the Lausanne branch of CreditSuisse that appeared in the Guardian newspaper earlier this week as ‘untrue’.

Aitken is obliged as a self-declared bankrupt to provide details of all hisassets.

The Guardian is one of three main creditors, along with Granada TV and theInland Revenue, who are owed more than £3m in legal costs following Aitken’sfailed libel action against them.

The creditors are considering an offer of £1.7m to settle legal costs.Aitken was released from prison in January after serving seven months of an 18month sentence for perjury and perverting the course of justice during his libelcase.

Aitken resigned as chief secretary to the treasury in 1995 to fight the libelaction that at the time he claimed was ‘a crusade for truth’, which was droppedtwo years later amid revelations in court surrounding his wife Lolicia’s billfor a stay at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

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