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Morning after: Boris Johnson recovers from Lebedev’‘s exotic Italian party


The Guardian, 26/07/2019

In response, the government said its decision was delayed, in part, because both Lebedev and the Saudi investors refused to provide key information. David Scannell, the government's legal representative, said the Saudi Arabian government could potentially exert editorial influence over the news outlets, said the sale of the shares has "national security implications", and accused Lebedev of going out of his way to avoid answering questions about the deals. The hearing was told the 30% stake in the Evening Standard and Independent had been bought in a series of "unconventional, complex, and clandestine" deals fronted by a Saudi businessman, Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel.