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17 July 2017, 07:21 | Jan Cross
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Four former Barclays plc executives will stand trial in January 2019 on allegations they conspired to commit fraud over the bank's 2008 fundraising with Qatar, a London judge said.
John Varley, the former chief executive of the United Kingdom bank; Roger Jenkins, former executive chairman of investment banking and investment management in the Middle East and North Africa; Thomas Kalaris, who led Barclays Wealth and Investment Management; and Richard Boath, former European head of Barclays' financial institutions group, appeared for a hearing at Southwark Crown Court today.
The bank, Varley and Jenkins also face one charge of unlawful financial assistance.
Barclays raised about £12bn in two emergency fundraising in June and October 2008, mainly from Qatar investors, to avoid a government bailout during the height of the financial crisis.
If convicted the former executives could be facing lengthy jail terms as these offences can carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine for the bank.
Kalaris, who appeared wearing a dark suit and yellow tie, used to lead the bank's wealth and investment management division, while Boath, who wore a dark suit and blue tie, was former head of the European financial institutions group at Barclays.
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