Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Richard Chang fell to his death from the 5th floor of Abbey National PLC headquarters in Triton Square, Central London, on 13th July 2004. The incident occurred shortly after a two-and-a-half hour interrogation by Kroll (corporate detectives) who were investigating a whistle-blowing document sent to the Abbey National PLC management.

Despite a Coroner’s Inquest (which did not allow the Chang family to call vital witnesses), the full facts surrounding Richard Chang’s death have never been satisfactorily explained. A claim at the Employment Tribunal has also been blocked because it has been adjudged “out of time” – due to the fact that family members were in too much distress to lodge a claim in the period immediately following the tragedy; in such situations, a tribunal may allow a late claim if it adjudges there to be good reasons for the delay.

The Chang family is also unhappy with the police investigation – which they consider to be biased and improperly conducted.

Details of this case and an on-line petition can be found at:


The interesting aspect of this story is the failure of Black organizations to take up the Chang family’s case. Was Richard Chang not black enough to be a victim of racism?