Daily Mail UK 4 March 2016
By Sebastian Shakespeare
While Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn makes much of his ‘ethical’ foreign policy, his Shadow Justice Secretary, Charlie Falconer, has just lost a highly embarrassing High Court case.
Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the former flatmate of Tony Blair, was speaking in court on behalf of the African Republic of Djibouti, which had falsely branded London-based businessman Abdourahman Boreh a terrorist. As a result, Mr Boreh’s assets, including a Belgravia townhouse and French chateau, were subjected to a worldwide freezing order.
Last year, Falconer was forced to make a grovelling apology after his American law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, misled a judge with its claims on behalf of Djibouti.
This week the peer was back in the High Court, sporting a new, Corbyn-style beard, to hear a damages claim he subsequently brought on behalf of Djibouti against Mr Boreh rejected on all counts.
The businessman, formerly a close friend of Djibouti’s controversial president, Ismail Guelleh, had been accused of abusing this position for his own gain during the construction of a dry port and container terminal.
Guelleh, who has been in power since 1999 and is accused of overseeing a host of human rights abuses during that time, was supposed to have been Falconer’s star witness during the three-month hearing, but withdrew at the 11th hour, leaving the peer to make yet another apology to the court.