In a recent Sunday Times article published over the weekend of 29th - 30th June 2019 Henry was accused of helping with a human rights campaign involving corrupt money laundering. Henry has said he is now seeking urgent legal advice due to numerous inaccuracies in the article. He was also accused of being “investigated by MI5” which is a complete lie and utter fabrication.
Henry was originally asked to help sponsor an event in the Houses of Parliament designed to promote the so-called “Blood Coal” campaign, which intended to expose illegal activities in Russia which resulted in alleged money laundering in London. Henry made it very clear to the organisers, that because of his position as a Trade Envoy he could not get involved in sponsoring an event he did not know much about and when there would not have been time to do proper due diligence. For the same reasons he turned down the request to help secure visas for members of the family of a Russian who was allegedly murdered. However, Henry said he would be happy to attend a presentation dinner in the House of Lords, and if need be send a formal letter to the Minister.
Commenting Henry said: “This was the beginning, middle and end of my involvement and yet the Sunday Times embellished much of this. They also made use of various leaked confidential emails that had been illegally hacked from the account of one of the organisers. Hacking into a private email account is a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment. Indeed, use of these hacked emails by a third party is also potentially criminal, unless it is in the public interest.”
“Although the emails show very clearly that I was not prepared to give substantial help to the organisers of this event, by way of organising it or helping with visas, the Sunday Times chose not to publish this information – which of course would have shown me in a very positive light. Instead all they were trying to do was discredit me. Worse still the Sunday Times in both their online article and in their printed article made the wholly inaccurate and completely misleading statement that I was “being investigated by MI5.” What is truly staggering is they were told by the Home Office Press Office that this was not the case.”
“Of course, I am all in favour of full-scale investigative journalism, because in a democracy like ours we rely on such journalists to hold the political establishment to account, unearth wrongdoing and expose scandals and unethical behaviour. Our society and democracy are stronger for this, but with all of this comes a major responsibility on all journalists to get their facts right, and above all treat everyone fairly. As a result of their defamation my reputation has been damaged, so this is why I am seeking urgent legal advice and will do everything in my power to protect my position, as well as preventing this from happening to other people.”