British police to issue 20 fines after party scandal – Vårt Land

The first round of fines will be issued by the London police after the parties were widely publicized in the British government apparatus during the shutdown.

The investigation into the so-called partygate scandal has now reached the point that London police will issue a fine, a police statement said.

The 20 fines to be issued in the first instance concern coronavirus rule violations in 2020 and 2021.

London police said they would not say how many people would be fined, or who would be fined. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly not among those affected this time around.

Investigation

A number of politicians and staff have been investigated over allegations that several parties were being held both in the Prime Minister’s office and in other government offices at the same time Britain was subject to strict coroner restrictions.

During the investigation, questionnaires were sent to more than 100 people, including Johnson, and several witnesses were examined.

Johnson denies any wrongdoing, but according to British media has participated in several illegal events.

Requested departure

Johnson’s office has previously stated that it will report on developments in the investigation related to the Prime Minister.

The furor over the revelations of the parties allegedly put Johnson in difficult political weather this winter, as well as a number of lawmakers from his own party calling for Johnson’s resignation.

However, pressure on the Prime Minister has eased after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, leading to reduced media coverage of the party scandal.

But Tuesday’s statement from London police suggests the case may be coming back to haunt Johnson, and it’s possible he too will be fined.

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