Aitken loses job following his arrest

Disgraced former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, appointed two weeks ago by GEC-Marconi as a special adviser on defence sales to the Middle East, has lost his job following his arrest last week over allegations of perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. GEC said the ‘short term’ project Aitken was involved with was […]

Disgraced former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, appointed two weeks ago by GEC-Marconi as a special adviser on defence sales to the Middle East, has lost his job following his arrest last week over allegations of perjury and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

GEC said the ‘short term’ project Aitken was involved with was ‘almost complete’.

Keeping Aitken on might have left GEC contravening US federal guidelines on business ethics at a time when it is considering US defence acquisitions.