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'Torture' caused NatWest bankers to plead guilty

Bankers involved in the Enron scandal have claimed their confessions were made under a state of dure

NatWest bankers David Bermingham and Gary Mulgrew have attacked the American justice system online. The pair was released after having served half their 37-month prison sentence for a scam in collusion with corrupt Enron executives.

In a video on - a website which aims to expose prosecutorial abuses after the collapse of energy giant Enron - Mulgrew likened the pressure mounting from the US trial to "torture".

The banker had at the time pleaded guilty to accepting an off-shore transaction in the Cayman Islands, saying it "lacked integrity". Bermingham also agreed that his behaviour "fell well below the standards expected".

However, the two men now claim that the confessions were forced out of them and were made in a state of duress. The transaction was only "questionable from an accounting perspective," Bermingham said.

Mulgrew said that he agreed to plead guilty after almost two years of arrest because they were told that even though they had a strong argument, public opinion on Enron would not guarantee them a "not guilty" verdict from the jury.

The US Department of Justice was not available for comment.