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Because there were a series of annual retainers which no doubt went up with inflation or whatever. It was perhaps only later that the police had come to the view that this £104,000 was not legitimate but rather part and parcel of the same illegitimate activity. But there's certainly a question as to whether, in the email, paragraph 3, they were assimilating all the payments and regarding each and every one of them as prima facie unlawful or whether all they were doing was referring neutrally to the fact that money passed hands to this extent. We're not sure whether it's lawful or unlawful.

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