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One individual charged and one summonsed for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office


A CPS spokesperson said: "In February 2014 the CPS received a file from the Metropolitan Police, supplemented by further evidence on 12 June 2014. We have today authorised the police to summons Ryan Sabey, a former News of the World journalist, and charge Paul Brunt, a serving soldier at the time of the offence, with an offence of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

"Both will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 21 August 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Ryan Sabey and Paul Brunt will now be commenced and of their right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

"These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code of Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's guidelines on the public interest in cases affecting the media. We have decided there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."

Details of the full charge:

Paul Brunt and Ryan Sabey, between 1 April 2006 and 1 November 2007, conspired together and with others to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1 (1) Criminal Law Act 1977

No further action against one individual for misconduct in public office

A CPS spokesperson said: "In a separate file, the CPS has today decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to one individual, a serving police officer, for an allegation of misconduct in public office. This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the DPP's Guidelines on Assessing the Public Interest in Cases Affecting the Media. Accordingly, no further action will be taken against this individual in respect of that allegation.

"Any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct; the CPS makes decisions only according to the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and it is applied in all decisions on whether or not to prosecute."


Notes to Editors

  1. The CPS's function is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal court to consider. The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
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