Barclays and former executives set for 2019 trial over Qatar fundraising charges

Richard Boath arrives at this morning's hearing (Source: Getty)

Barclays and four former executives are set for a criminal trial in January 2019 over their Qatar fundraising charges.

Following a five-year investigation, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) charged Barclays, its former chief executive John Varley, and executives Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath last month.

The charges relate to two fundraisings in 2008, totalling nearly £12bn, which included investments from Qatar Holding and Challenger Universal.

The defendants face a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

Judge Andrew Edis set the date of the trial for 9 January 2019 at a court hearing this morning. All four of the former executives were present at Southwark Crown Court.

Read more: Everything you need to know about the SFO's Barclays probe

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