A significant legal case has been thrown out of court.
Five directors of Staffordshire-based Klarius had been due to stand trial on charges of fraud at Manchester Crown Court, but it is understood by CAT that the judge did not find information provided admissible, apparently referring to a ‘shambolic failure’ in what was presented and found there was no case to answer.
The charges related to historic claims of ‘knowingly’ selling non type-approved emissions products.
UPDATE: KLARIUS ISSUE STATEMENT
On December 3rd as part of our coverage of an emissions standards trial, we linked to a full and unabridged copy of Klarius’ statement following the end of the trial.
The statement contained the words: “In his ruling the Judge referred to individuals from two competitor companies who sought to make commercial gain from the situation”. While the judge did refer to individuals from two competitors in his ruling, there was no suggestion explicit or implied that they sought any commercial gain. CAT’s reporting was therefore inaccurate in this respect and CAT apologises for reporting that statement.
Further, CAT is content to clarify that the trial was halted due to disclosure failures of unused material by the prosecution, and not as a result of the prosecution’s evidence against the defendants, which had yet to be tested in court. As previously reported by CAT, DVSA and DfT were disappointed that the evidence they had was not heard.