Hacking probe hands 7th file to prosecutors

The Met's phone-hacking inquiry Operation Weeting has handed a seventh file over to prosecutors relating to a police officer accused of misconduct in a public office.

Yesterday's decision came on the same day the Crown Prosecution Service announced it would not press charges against Guardian journalist Amelia Hill and an officer from Operation Weeting – the Met's investigation into the phone-hacking scandal – over allegations of aiding and abetting misconduct in public office or breach of the Data Protection Act.

In April the Met also confirmed it would not be prosecuting former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck over allegations of witness intimidation and harassment relating to the phone-hacking scandal.

Since being handed files in relation to the hacking scandal in April the CPS has so far decided to pursue just one: Allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice against former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, her husband Charlie and four others.

According to the Press Association, the four cases still being considered for charging are:

  • One journalist in relation to alleged offences under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa)
  • A police officer in relation to an allegation of misconduct in a public office
  • A police officer in relation to alleged misconduct in a public office and other associated matters
  • A police officer in relation to allegations of misconduct in public office and corruption




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