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Decision on file of evidence arising from Operation Elveden

16/10/2012

Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions: "The CPS received a file of evidence from the Independent Police Complaints Commission in May 2012, and we have since been liaising with them regarding further lines of enquiry. That process has now been concluded.

"The allegation in this case related to a meeting that took place between a senior MPS officer and a journalist in 2006, during which information was imparted to the journalist about the MPS investigation into phone hacking. We were asked to consider whether the provision of that information, in the particular circumstances of this case, amounted to an offence of misconduct in a public office.

"The purpose of the meeting was to gauge the willingness of the journalist, as a potential victim of crime, to provide a witness statement to support the ongoing prosecution. The evidence showed that the meeting had been convened in accordance with the MPS' victim strategy for this investigation. The evidence also showed that the nature of the matters subsequently discussed at the meeting was not such as to amount to wilful misconduct or neglect on the part of the officer, and the conduct was therefore not such as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust.

"There was no evidence to suggest that the officer had behaved corruptly or dishonestly.

"Accordingly, having reviewed the evidence carefully in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have reached the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.

"Given that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute the officer, the question of whether or not it would be in the public interest does not fall for consideration."

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