Politics 21 March 2013 StanChart: well, this is embarrassing Chairman: "I made certain statements that I very much regret". Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Standard Chartered's chairman has had to retract comments he made at a press conference two weeks ago, in a rather painful statement posted on StanChart's website today. During the press conference he refererred to the banks' US sanctions breaches as "clerical errors". This, it turns out, was also an error. Here's the apology in full. Ouch. Released 08:30 21-Mar-2013 LONDON, 21 March 2013: On 5 March 2013, I, together with Chief Executive Officer Peter Sands and Group Finance Director Richard Meddings, representing Standard Chartered Bank (the "Group"), held a press conference where certain questions were asked concerning individual employee conduct and compensation in light of the deferred prosecution agreements made with the US Department of Justice and the New York County District Attorney's Office in December 2012. During that press conference, which took place via phone, I made certain statements that I very much regret and that were at best inaccurate. In particular, I made the following statements in reference to a question regarding the reduction of bonuses for SCB executives: We had no willful act to avoid sanctions; you know, mistakes are made - clerical errors - and we talked about last year a number of transactions which clearly were clerical errors or mistakes that were made… My statement that SCB "had no willful act to avoid sanctions" was wrong, and directly contradicts SCB's acceptance of responsibility in the deferred prosecution agreement and accompanying factual statement. Standard Chartered Bank, together with me, Mr. Peter Sands and Mr. Richard Meddings, who jointly hosted the press conference, retract the comment I made as both legally and factually incorrect. To be clear, Standard Chartered Bank unequivocally acknowledges and accepts responsibility, on behalf of the Bank and its employees, for past knowing and willful criminal conduct in violating US economic sanctions laws and regulations, and related New York criminal laws, as set out in the deferred prosecution agreement. I, Mr. Sands, Mr. Meddings, and Standard Chartered Bank apologize for the statements I made to the contrary. Sincerely, Sir John Peace Chairman Standard Chartered PLC › Could Osborne's mortgage scheme be used to buy second homes? He doesn't know Photograph: Getty Images Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Diversify your income in increasingly concentrated UK markets How Brexit will affect boob jobs, hip replacements and other medical devices What happens when the European Medicines Agency leaves the UK?