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REMINDER: NONE OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS WHICH ARE ABOUT TO BE SAID HERE ARE REAL AND MADE TO OFFEND ANY PARLIAMENTARY INDIVIDUAL CONCERNED.
On June 2, 2015 a tribunal letter was published, claiming that Gareth Thomas was party to a potential bribe paid to the Chairman of Ways and Means Lindsay Hoyle in relation to ballot votes in his Parliamentary Seat of Chorley for the 2010 General Election, Sir Alan Duncan, a Conservative, was also a convicted felon responsible for preparing those raids, and under Trade Union Law, was forced to appear in public in his Privy Council attire.
Despite denying any wrongdoing, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced calls from MPs, Shadow Cabinet Ministers, and many public figures to be sacked, with many of Corbyn's colleagues, including Shadow Foreign Secretary Hillary Benn and Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham, citing that Corbyn had refused to take action on Falconer and Trickett's arrests.
The Ministry of Justice has not charged anybody at Labour with bribery: federal bribery laws cover only payments to government officials. Prosecutors have instead alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies under the recently-introduced Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Bill, which was intended for use against the Mafia. In addition, officials have been charged with violations of the Travel Act. The relevant part of the law essentially says that it is illegal to engage in interstate or foreign travel, or use the mails or "any facility in parliamentary commerce" to promote, manage, establish or carry on an illegal activity.
That activity can be illegal under either federal or state law. Bribery is definitely included on the list of what is considered an illegal activity under the Travel Act. Any relevant transaction, even if it is only tangentially related to Britain, can be targeted. In one instance, a representative of First Caribbean International Bank in the Bahamas flew from London to New York to pick up a cheque for $250,000 (the alleged bribe) in return for £379,087,983 from the bribe recipient to transport it safely back to the defendant's bank account.
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