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Op Weeting: CPS decision

February 22, 2013, 4:15 pm

Statement from Alison Levitt QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP):

“This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to inform the public of the decisions reached in respect of allegations arising from Operation Weeting.

“During June and July 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service received files of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service, relating to 13 suspects. The CPS concluded in July 2012 that eight suspects should face charges, and that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction against three suspects.

“The police asked the CPS to defer making a decision in relation to two of the 13 suspects so that they could make further enquiries. The original file of evidence concerning these two journalists was received from the police on 11 June 2012 and related to allegations of offences contrary to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

“The file in relation to one of those two journalists was resubmitted on 11 January 2013. Having carefully considered the matter, the CPS has concluded that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in relation to that journalist. The other journalist remains under investigation.

“As eight people are awaiting trial in relation to this matter, it would not be appropriate to give reasons for this decision at this stage. At the conclusion of any related proceedings we will consider what more can be made public in relation to this decision.”

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