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Costs re investigation and prosecution – Rangers FC (05/08/16) (R013475)

Thank you for your request dated 20 June 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“I would be grateful if you could confirm the approximate financial costs to date of the investigation and subsequent prosecution to date of those individuals suspected of a crime and involved in the acquisition of the majority shareholding in Rangers FC in May 2011.”

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) does not routinely collate the total costs associated with investigating individual cases and I can therefore confirm in terms of Section 17 of FOISA that COPFS does not hold the information you have requested.

However, what we can provide is recorded information on some of the costs associated with the COPFS investigation and prosecution, which include some office and staffing costs; and expert witness expenses.  That amount is £776,615, but  it should be noted that this does not include all costs associated with this investigation and prosecution, many of which have been addressed within the existing budgetary framework and not recorded separately.