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Richard Chang campaign

by Ken Olende
Issue No. 2001

Richard Chang died after falling from the fifth floor of Abbey’s headquarters in central London during July 2004. An inquest returned a verdict of suicide.

Members of Richard’s family have filed an employment tribunal case against the bank. They are meeting the police on 25 May to question their handling of the investigation.

Richard was a business analyst. He died 40 minutes after leaving a two and a half hour interview with Kroll Associates, an international security firm that had been hired to find the authors of three anonymous letters.

The letters, believed to contain accusations of financial and sexual misconduct by management at Abbey, were sent to the Financial Services Authority and Abbey’s senior directors. The bank says that an internal investigation has proved the allegations to be without foundation. Richard denied having written the letters.

His sister Valerie has heard a tape of the interview and is unhappy about the way it was conducted. Family members are also concerned that there may have been a racial element in the process used for the selection of suspects.

Richard’s mother asked, “Why wasn’t he represented at the interrogation? What was the real reason for keeping him in that conference room for two and a half hours? I was expecting him home for a family visit.”

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Sat 20 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2001
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