The lost emails

Daily Record - - NEWS - ALAN McEWEN

DAVE King told busi­ness watch­dogs in­ves­ti­gat­ing his takeover of Rangers that he had deleted emails re­lated to his ac­qui­si­tion of the club.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors wanted the cor­re­spon­dence as they built their case that the Ibrox supremo had bro­ken busi­ness rules by act­ing as part of an un­de­clared con­sor­tium in se­cur­ing a share­hold­ing of more than 30 per cent.

King claimed his IT staff were un­able to re­trieve the emails – but was able to pro­duce ones in which he main­tained he had to re­main in­de­pen­dent of any group seek­ing con­trol of the club.

Watch­dogs were cyn­i­cal of th­ese com­mu­ni­ca­tions, say­ing they were “in no doubt” one was a “self­serv­ing email de­signed by Mr King to cover his tracks”.

They found he had pro­duced the email in a bid to cre­ate a “false im­pres­sion” that he had not been part of a co-or­di­nated bid to take over Rangers.

The panel cited the email sent by King to Ge­orge Letham on Jan­uary 2, 2015, where he wrote: “I may want to ap­proach co-in­vestors from time to time and it will help me to know who is in­volved in your ‘con­sor­tium’ so that I avoid du­pli­ca­tion.”

The panel crit­i­cised King’s “lack of co-op­er­a­tion” with their in­quiries but con­cluded such “self-in­duced de­lay” shouldn’t al­low him to avoid obli­ga­tions un­der the rules.

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