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Decision on file of evidence arising from Operation Weeting

15/05/2013

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the on-going phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of cases arising from Operation Weeting.

"This announcement relates to a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service that was initially received by the CPS on 28 August 2012. We have since been liaising with the police regarding further lines of enquiry, which resulted in the submission of further material, most recently on 28 March 2013.

"This file was submitted to the CPS for a charging decision in relation to two individuals regarding allegations of money laundering.

"In relation to the first suspect, the CPS has decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to two allegations; further, where this stage has been passed in relation to three other allegations, a prosecution is not required in the public interest.

"Regarding the second suspect, there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to one allegation and where this stage has been passed in relation to one other allegation, a prosecution is not required in the public interest.

"These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"Both suspects have now been informed that no further action will be taken in relation to these allegations.

"Due to on-going, related, proceedings it would be inappropriate to say any more at this stage. At the conclusion of any related proceedings we will consider what more can be made public in relation to this decision.

"It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice an upcoming trial."

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