Imran Ahmad: Ex-Rangers manager forced into wrongful lawsuit battle with Lord Advocate
PROSECUTORS and police are facing a new court battle over the failed Rangers fraud case – it has emerged they have been unable to reach a settlement over damages funded by taxpayers to former finance chief Imran Ahmad.
The former Ibrox manager has already received an apology from Scotland’s top legal official over wrongful charges relating to club fraud and conspiracy.
But now it has emerged that attempts to mediate in the multi-million pound action over the wrongful claims brought by Mr Ahmad have failed to mediate with his legal team accusing the Lord Advocate of ‘flagrant’ behavior .
Mr Ahmad is suing for up to £30million, after he was wrongfully sued for fraud. Court documents say it is currently a £2million claim.
Mr Ahmad was charged in 2014 along with six other men in an investigation into how Mr Whyte bought the company that ran Glasgow football three years earlier.
They faced detention and criminal charges over allegations of fraud following Craig Whyte’s disastrous purchase of Rangers and subsequent sale before a judge dismissed all charges.
The case comes after former Rangers directors David Whitehouse and Paul Clark of Duff and Phelps agreed to a settlement believed to be around £24m after a settlement in their malicious lawsuit against the Lord Advocate and the chief of police was concluded “out of court”. .
Ewen Campbell QC for Mr Ahmad told the Court of Session: ‘The background is a malicious pursuit by the prosecutor, which has not been put to bed for a long time. And if I may say we are we are we No, we’ve gone through all of that and are now at the litigation stage.
“Where there has been such egregious behavior by the Lord Advocate towards Mr Ahmad, in my view, this court should be very slow to take any action which would undermine its ability to adequately prepare and present its case. .
“Justice towards Mr. Ahmad should be the overriding factor.”
Gerry Moynihan QC, for the Lord Advocate, said more information was needed on the basis of the claim before a “negotiated settlement” could be reached.
He said: “The goal should be to try to get the parties to butt heads to get the information they are acquiring and get them into sensible mediation.
But Lord Tire said it was too late for a settlement.
“Time has been wasted so far trying to get mediation,” he said. “I’m not trying to assign any blame for this. It’s none of my business. I’m just saying that time has been spent on this. So I’m proceeding on the basis of this will have to be resolved by the court.
“I think now is the time for the court to try to take control here to expedite this. There has been considerable time but I guess the time that has been spent has not been wasted.”
Mr Ahmad received a further apology from the Lord Advocate before he left office.
James Wolffe QC has admitted that Mr Ahmad and former Rangers chief executive Charles Green (above) ‘should never have been prosecuted’ over the takeover of the football club
A statement from the Lord Advocate said: “Between 2015 and 2016, Mr Imran Ahmad and Mr Charles Green were prosecuted in the High Court over matters relating to Rangers Football Club.
“They should not have been prosecuted and, as Lord Advocate and head of the criminal prosecution system in Scotland, I have unreservedly apologized that they were.
“I made a statement to the Scottish Parliament following the settlement of two linked cases, and said at the time that there had been serious departures from normal practice.
“Lessons have been learned from what happened and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has taken action to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future.
“I am committed to there being a judge-led inquiry into these matters once all relevant court cases are completed.
“The actions of Messrs. Ahmad and Green continue in view of the settlement of their financial claims.”