UK Defence Secretary under fire over aide?

Last Updated: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 16:20

London: British Defence Secretary Liam Fox is
under considerable pressure following revelations that his
flatmate and best man used his office and accompanied him to a
visit to Sri Lanka without holding an official position.

Critics allege that national security may have been
compromised.

Prime Minister David Cameron has called for details about
the row and is expected to make a statement tomorrow.
On his part, Fox has also initiated a Ministry of Defence
(MoD) inquiry against himself.

His aide, Adam Werritty, 34, accompanied him to meetings
with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa and also on a
visit to Sri Lanka.

The evidence in the form of photographs, emails and video
escalated after Fox had previously stated in a parliamentary
answer: "Mr Werritty is not an employee of the MoD and has,
therefore, not travelled with me on any official visit".

The MoD investigation is looking into whether Fox broke
the ministerial code over his working relationship with
Werritty, who was the best man at Fox`s wedding in 2005.

Fox is accused of giving Werritty access to the MoD and
allowing him to go on official foreign trips.

Werritty also distributed visiting cards describing him as
an adviser to Fox even though he was not appointed to that of
any official post.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 16:20

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