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Operation Elveden: Decision to take no further action in relation to three members of newspaper staff

31/07/2013

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service, whose team handles CPS decision making and potential prosecutions in relation to the ongoing phone hacking investigations and other related matters, said: "On 5 April 2013, the CPS received a file as part of Operation Elveden, which is the Metropolitan Police's investigation into allegations involving the unlawful provision of information by public officials to journalists.

"The file concerned allegations of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office against four members of newspaper staff.

"After carefully reviewing all the evidence provided, it was determined that no further action should be taken in relation to three of the individuals. The fourth suspect remains on police bail.

"These were considered carefully in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's guidelines on the public interest in cases affecting the media. This guidance asks prosecutors to consider whether the public interest served by the conduct in question outweighs the overall criminality before bringing criminal proceedings.

"In relation to one of the individuals, the decision not to prosecute was taken on the basis that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. In relation to the other two, it was concluded that there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, however, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, it was determined that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute them.

"Due to ongoing proceedings in Operation Elveden, it would be inappropriate to say any more at this stage."

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