An extraordinary CCTV footage was released showing Alastair Barclay allegedly handling a bugging device that he installed at the Ritz hotel.
Sir Fredrick Barclay, the multimillionaire, released the footage on Monday claiming that it was used to listen to his private meetings. This footage is part of a bitter legal row between families of the Barclay twins.
The 94 hours` worth of secret recordings which was made over several months was described as ‘commercial espionage on a vast scale’ by Sir Fredrick`s lawyers.
In a statement, Sir Frederick said: ‘I do not want anyone else to go through the awful experience of having their personal and private conversations listened to by scores of strangers.
‘It is surely in everyone’s interests for the law to be changed to prevent people, outside the authorities, using sophisticated spying devices that have such an intrusive impact.’
He added: ‘I am putting this video evidence forward as a graphic demonstration of how easy it is to spy on people in public places and to help bring about legislation to prevent such damaging intrusion.’
The 85-year-old millionaire and his daughter Amanda are suing three of Sir David Barclay his elder twin`s sons- Alistair, Aidan and Howard, Aidan`s son Andrew and Philip Peters, a board director of the Barclay group for the invasion of privacy, breach of confidence and data protection laws.
They claimed that the surveillance gave them a commercial advantage and they sold the Ritz for £1.3 billion which was half of its market price.