Barclays trial jury told to ignore defendants' jokes about prison

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Judge urges jurors not to dwell on comments made in court about quality of food and sex

The judge overseeing a historic case against former Barclays bosses has instructed the jury not to dwell on “soundbites” in which defendants joked about food and sex in prison, adding that the prosecutor’s allegations implicate individuals connected to the bank’s Qatari investors.

In what is considered a rare move so early in a trial, Mr Justice Robert Jay addressed the jury in Southwark crown court on Thursday. It came after the prosecution concluded its opening statement, which lasted six days, outlining its case over the bank’s 2008 cash call.

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