Hans & Eva Rausing: Billionaire Criminals Seemingly Above The Law

Running from the police, possession of class A drugs, forgetting to bury your wife: apparently you can get away with it all with a few connections and a charitable donation.
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Running from the police, possession of class A drugs, forgetting to bury your wife: apparently you can get away with it all with a few connections and a charitable donation.

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Imagine a scenario, pure fantasy. You have a crash on the A4 and don’t bother stopping. Your driving is so bad it is reported to the police by more than one person. The Police come to your house…you dive out of the bathroom window to avoid detection….because, you are on bail, for possession of quite a lot of Class A’s…and so is your missus…because she’s also been collared taking Class A’s into a party…in The American Embassy.

Just to clarify, here we have a woman walking into THE AMERICAN EMBASSY with 10g of crack cocaine, 2.5g of heroin and 2.35g of diethylpropion. A further 220mg of diazepam, was found in her car. So then, thinking they’re onto something, the plod go back to her house and find 5.63g crack cocaine,  2.9g of heroin and almost  52g of cocaine.  You or I would quite rightly think we were up shit creek and would cancel the papers forthwith.

But apparently not. This woman’s brief entered into ”a protracted course of correspondence with the Crown Prosecution Service” to “enable them to make a very sensible decision.”  So, admitting she was an addict, agreeing to get in rehab and bingo – conditional caution. Presumably, bunging a few million quid to addiction charities helped. So, no criminal record issued and a message of support from Prince Charles, who described Rausing as “a very special philanthropist”.

The world of the hereditary rich and the pressure of being heir to £5.4 billion, is apparently a nightmare. It’s no wonder, say the experts, these people turn to drugs.

Thus, the Rausings get off, because they are addicts, give loads of dough to charity and they are sorry.  I had a cursory glance for a precedent.  Search as hard as you can, you won’t find anybody else collared dealing at the US Embassy. However, I did come across a North-West case – father of two, pleaded guilty to possession, said he was sorry and would go into rehab…this was for 22g of cocaine. No smack, crack, nothing in the car, not in any embassy and no resistance or bailing out of his bathroom window….he got six years.

The world of the hereditary rich and the pressure of being heir to £5.4 billion, is apparently a nightmare. It’s no wonder, say the experts, these people turn to drugs. This is the world of Hans Christian Rausing and his wife Eva. Both addicts, both known as having the ability to consume drugs like an end of line bin at Glaxo.

Fast forward (as the above “misdemeanor” was in 2008) to 2012. Hans is tugged again for “driving erratically” – he’s got gear on him – and a crack pipe in the car.  His house was searched again, uncovering the dead body of his wife Eva. Hans is arrested. An autopsy duly revealed nothing showing the cause of death, apart from it may have occurred up to FOUR WEEKS before the body (wrapped in bin bags, gaffer tape and hidden under a pile of clothing) was discovered.

Hans couldn’t be interviewed, or charged, prior to his court appearance as he was not “fit”. In court, the word “murder” has been omitted from all statements and Hans was granted bail providing he reside at The Capio Nightingale Hospital and did not leave, unless accompanied by a member of staff.

I would be more than happy to give a few names just as worthy, just as addicted, just as dead…but hey, just not as cash rich and connected as The Rausings.

Capio Nightingale?  Is reside the same as remand?  It occupies a prime site in Marylebone, London. “They say the first night is the worst”. Looking at the website I know a few people who save long and hard for a once-in-a-lifetime break at worse places.

So, Hans is eventually charged with…forgetting to bury his wife. I reckon a defense of “I was going to do it. I got her ready and I was waiting for the bin-men” should see him walk.

I am not for one minute trivialising this whole thing….but having money and donating it to charities, does not deflect from the tragedy, nor should it make people above the law. These circumstances, if repeated with Mr. and Mrs. Benefit Addict from Liverpool, I’m just guessing but I think they would still be serving time for the American Embassy gig.

The hypocrisy we see on an almost daily basis in this country is reaching a staggering level. We have a procession of people offering kind words to the “special philanthropists” and the head of one of the countries major addiction agencies the first with a glowing eulogy in The Guardian, no less. I would be more than happy to give a few names just as worthy, just as addicted, just as dead…but hey, just not as cash rich and connected as The Rausings.

I have sympathy with the Rausings and my heart bleeds for their dealer. Talk about double dip depressions. Yet the old
cynic in me hears the “one rule for us” mantra, in this case, as with many more, it is only half correct.

Apparently for these people, there are no fucking rules.

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