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Barclays criminal trial to take place in 2019

17 July 2017 National News

Four former senior bankers, including ex-Barclays chief executive John Varley, will face trial in 2019 on allegations related to fundraising at the height of the financial crisis.

Varley, 61, of Notting Hill, Roger Jenkins, 61, of Malibu in California, Thomas Kalaris, 61, of Kensington and Richard Boath, 58, of Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, were charged last month with conspiracy to commit fraud
over a June 2008 bid to raise billions of pounds in capital.

The bank itself faces the same charge while Barclays, Varley and Jenkins also face a charge relating to fundraising in October 2008 and are accused too of providing unlawful financial assistance.

Image: Roger Jenkins, former Barclays investment banking chief

The four men appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday to be told by the judge, Mr Justice Edis, that their trial would begin on 9 January 2019.

The trial is expected to last up to four months.

Thomas Kalaris, ex-chief executive of Barclays wealth and investment management

Image: Thomas Kalaris, ex-chief executive of Barclays wealth and investment management

It is the first trial of its kind against a bank and former executives for activities during the financial crisis.

Varley was chief executive of Barclays between 2004 and 2011.

Richard Boath, former Barclays European head of financial institutions group

Image: Richard Boath, former head of Barclays’ European financial institutions group

Kalaris used to lead the bank’s wealth and investment management division, while Boath was former head of the European financial institutions group at Barclays.

Jenkins, who left the bank in 2009, was investment banking chief.

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