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Barclays: Qataris spoke to Gordon Brown to ‘defuse 2008 bailout pressure’

July 02, 2020 at 06:51PM

Court hears Qatari leader spoke to then PM as bank pressurised to accept government money

A Qatari leader spoke to then prime minister Gordon Brown during the 2008 financial crisis as Barclays came under increasing pressure to accept government money, a former bank boss has told a high court judge.

Former Barclays chief executive John Varley told Mr Justice Waksman how Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad spoke to Brown in October 2008 to “defuse” that pressure.

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