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Senior police officer charged in UK phone-hacking case

PTI London | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on September 25, 2012

In the first case of a police officer being charged as part of an operation related to phone-hacking at the News of the World tabloid, a senior female Metropolitan police officer has been charged with misconduct in public office.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn (53) had been charged under Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged payments to public officials by journalists for information to be used in news stories.

Casburn, who is accused of offering to give the tabloid information in September 2010, was bailed yesterday evening and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 1 October for an initial hearing.

“The CPS received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service which arose from Operation Elveden in relation to April Casburn. Casburn is employed by the Metropolitan Police Service as a detective chief inspector in specialist operations,” CPS’s principal legal adviser Alison Levitt said.

“We have concluded, having carefully considered the file of evidence, that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to charge DCI Casburn with misconduct in public office,” Levitt added.

So far 50 people have been arrested under the operation, but Casburn is the first person to be charged.

Top individuals related to phone-hacking inquiry such as Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have been charged under Operation Weeting, which is investigating phone-hacking.

A Scotland Yard statement said that Casburn, who is a Detective Chief Inspector in Specialist Operations, attended a police station in Essex yesterday and was charged with misconduct in a public office, contrary to common law, on 11 September 2010, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court.

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Published on September 25, 2012
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