Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 4

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Early Christmas bonus for City 'fat cats' clearing up fiasco ‘Men in suits’ soak Railtrack for £50m

FAT CAT lawyers and City accountants are counting on a Christmas bonus worth a staggering £50million from the Railtrack fiasco. The company administrators appointed by Transport Secretary Stephen Byers have budgeted for £50million in fees to lawyers, accountants and other paper pushers out of the £3.5billion they expect to spend on clearing up the financial and legal mess left by Railtrack. The prospect of lengthy litigation by a small army of investors and creditors and other stakeholders has seen almost every major commercial law firm in London signed up to play a role in the future of Railtrack ? and taking a slice of the financial pie.

Dad is knifed to death for just £1,100

A HEARTBROKEN young widow whose husband was stabbed to death in a brutal robbery for just £1,100 sobbed last night: "Now our son has not got a daddy for Christmas." Carlton Maxwell-Clark was stabbed three times in the chest as he locked up the sports store he managed on a retail park.

Swoop on terror suspects

It includes people with alleged links to Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda network and other Islamic terror organisations. Qatada, who has been granted political asylum in Britain, has been described as "Bin Laden's roving ambassador in Europe", and was sentenced to life imprisonment in Jordan in his absence for his alleged involvement with a series of bombings. Qatada had been claiming £400 a week in state benefits but his social security payments were stopped and his bank account frozen after his name appeared on a US list of terrorist suspects.

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