Being interviewed by the SFO
We may ask you to take part in an interview relating to a matter under investigation.
You can take part in an interview voluntarily. In some circumstances you may be required to attend at a specified place to answer questions under section 9 of the SFO Act. Witnesses may also be required to provide documents, or to supply information, such as bank account details.
If you’re interviewed, you will be entitled to have a qualified lawyer present. Statements are usually recorded in order to provide an accurate and permanent record of what has been said. In the case of a compulsory interview under section 9 of the SFO Act, the investigators conducting the interview have the right to determine whether or not (and how) the interview will be recorded. On rare occasions there may be no recording facilities available. When this is the case, your statement may be recorded in writing, and you will be asked to read and sign the completed statement to verify its accuracy.
If the investigation proceeds to a prosecution, a transcript of your interview will be used as the basis for the preparation of a ‘brief of evidence’. This is the document the prosecutor will use in court. You will be asked to sign any brief of evidence and confirm that the information contained within it is accurate.