Iranian Bank Creates Precedent With UK Disclosure Obligations

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The England & Wales Court of Appeal have requested an Iranian bank to deliver uncensored records to court for the trial, despite the fact that the bank will be infringing upon Iranian criminal law by doing so. The proceedings were brought by the Mellat Bank against the UK government; asserting that sanctions were unlawfully forced upon them in 2009 cost some transactions that would otherwise have been wound up.

Legal experts have commented on how the case delineates how the English court exercises discretion to make such a request on the balance of probability against the danger of arraignment (as per Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, 2019).