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London police will soon deliver the results of their investigation

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The British will soon know the conclusion of the investigation into the scandal of parties organized in Downing Street despite the confinements, which caused a total of 126 fines for eight events having violated the health rules against Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.

Penalties soon to be known for participants in parties banned from Downing Street. The London police announced, Thursday, May 19, the conclusion of their investigation into the scandal of parties organized despite the confinements, with a total of 126 fines for eight events having violated the health rules against Covid-19.

The end of this investigation means that the British will know before long if Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has already been fined for his presence at a surprise party for his 56and birthday in June 2020, was sanctioned for his presence at other events.

Apologies “without reservations”

The 126 fines correspond to eight different dates, ranging from May 20, 2020 to April 16, 2021, established following an investigation in which the police examined 345 documents, 510 photos and CCTV images and went through 204 questionnaires. Some of those fined received more than one fine, police said in a statement.

Boris Johnson apologized “unreservedly” to Parliament after receiving the fine. However, he had ruled out resigning in the face of repeated calls from the opposition to do so.

The Tory leader said it “did not occur to him then or afterwards” that his attendance at the brief gathering on his birthday “could constitute a breach of the rules” then in force.

“Mistakes in leadership and judgment”

The end of the police investigation will also allow the publication of the full report of senior civil servant Sue Gray, in charge of an internal investigation into this subject.

A preliminary report, redacted of all details so as not to interfere with the police investigation, denounced “errors of leadership and judgment”. He had thus given a glimpse of his appreciation of what was at stake behind the walls of Downing Street, contrasting with the sacrifices made by the British to fight against the pandemic.

The deputies have also triggered the opening of a parliamentary inquiry to determine whether Boris Johnson knowingly deceived them in this affair, by repeatedly asserting that all the rules had been respected.

The ministerial code provides that a minister who has deliberately deceived Parliament must resign. The parliamentary inquiry will only begin once the police investigation is complete and Sue Gray has delivered her final report.

With AFP

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