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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:09 AM

Ex-Cop to Be Charged Over Bribes From News Corp.’s Sun Tabloid

Source: Bloomberg

Ex-Cop to Be Charged Over Bribes From News Corp.’s Sun Tabloid
By Erik Larson - Feb 7, 2013 6:22 AM CT

News Corp.’s tabloid bribery scandal triggered more criminal charges after U.K. prosecutors said a former police officer near London sold details about two incidents involving “high-profile” people.

Alan Tierney, who worked in Surrey, England, took 1,750 pounds ($2,750) from News Corp.’s Sun tabloid in 2009, in exchange for information about a shoplifting arrest and the personal details of a witness in a domestic-violence case, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

“Both of these incidents were linked to high-profile people,” Alison Levitt, the CPS’s principal legal adviser, said in an e-mailed statement. An unidentified member of the public who was implicated in the case won’t be charged due to “insufficient evidence,” she said.

The bribery probe, named Operation Elveden, has led to nearly 60 arrests, including prison workers, members of the military, Sun journalists and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive officer of News Corp.’s U.K. unit. A 33-year-old officer in the Metropolitan Police Service in London’s specialist crime unit was arrested in the investigation last week.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-07/ex-cop-to-be-charged-over-bribes-from-news-corp-s-sun-tabloid.html

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