In late November 2017, after concluding a three-month private criminal investigation, Gary Summers of 9 Bedford Row Chambers issued a private prosecution on behalf of Bowline Defence Ltd in the Westminster Magistrates Court, London, England for conspiracy to defraud Bowline Defence Ltd. The defendants are its former joint venture partner HR Maritime Consultants Ltd; two of its directors Jeremy Read and Iftikhar Khan and two Israeli nationals Ofer Elad (CEO) and Debora Balila, a marketing manager. The cases of Read and Khan have been transferred to Southwark Crown Court whilst summonses for the same offence have also been issued against Ofer Elad, a former director of Bowline, and Deborah Balila its former marketing manager.
Bowline Defence Ltd is a Maritime Security company based in Park Lane, London that provides armed marine security for commercial vessels in transit on the high seas enabling those vessels to be protected from high risks such as hijack and piracy.
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