official won't face police corruption inquiry
By Joyzelle Davis
Rocky Mountain News
Thursday, September 28, 2006
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who came under fire
this summer for his ties to Phil Anschutz, won't face a police
corruption investigation into his stay at the Qwest founder's
eastern Colorado ranch. Police looked into whether Prescott
might have breached the United Kingdom's 1906 and 1916
Corruption Acts by accepting hospitality from Anschutz, whose
Millenium Dome redevelopment project in London is vying for a
license to open the U.K.'s only Las Vegas-style casino.
After examining the allegations and consulting with the Crown
Prosecution Service, London's Metropolitan Police determined
that there "isn't sufficient basis for a criminal
investigation," an unnamed spokesman told the BBC.
Prescott has denied any wrongdoing, saying there was no conflict
of interest because he isn't involved in decisions about the
gambling license. That didn't stop the notoriously combative
British tabloids from having a field day with the story,
including Anschutz's gift of a $1,354 cowboy outfit.
This is the second inquiry into Prescott's July 2005 stay at
Anschutz's Eagle's Nest Ranch outside of Greeley. In July, the
U.K. Parliament's ethics committee rebuked the deputy Labor
party leader for waiting 11 months to declare the stay.
Anschutz Entertainment has an ambitious plan to redevelop the
Millenium Dome site, including a 23,000-seat arena slated to
open next year. South African billionaire Sol Kerzner is
spearheading plans to build a casino within the dome, but
Kerzner is one of several parties vying for a single casino
permit that would allow the payout of unlimited prize money.