FILE PHOTO - The logo of Barclays bank is seen at its office in the Canary Wharf business district of London April 1, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

NEWS DIGEST – A London jury has been discharged in a landmark fraud trial of four former Barclays executives accused of paying Qatar undisclosed fees to help rescue the bank at the height of the credit crisis in 2008.

Judge Robert Jay told the jury at Southwark Crown Court on Monday he was required to discharge them.

No further details were publishable due to continued reporting restrictions.

Former chief executive John Varley, Roger Jenkins, Tom Kalaris and Richard Boath denied conspiring to commit fraud by false representation when Barclays raised over 11 billion pounds (14 billion dollars) from investors in 2008.

They also allowed the British bank to avoid a state bailout.

Prosecutors alleged the bankers excluded from public documents and hid from other investors around 322 million pounds in fees paid to the Qatari investors through so-called advisory service agreements (ASAs).

The defendants said they had relied on legal advice during a two-part emergency fundraising in June and October 2008. (Reuters/NAN)