Monday, February 27, 2012

Leveson Inquiry: Corrupt Officials Uncovered in Government Departments

The head of the police's organised crime unit has told the Leveson Inquiry about a network of corrupt officials in government departments.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said that her investigation revealed a number of regular payments to a number of public officials running into the thousands of pounds according to Sky's Mark White, who is at the High Court.

Her investigation - codenamed Operation Elvedon - is looking into illegal payments made to the police and other public bodies.

Ms Akers said she had uncovered a number of ex News Of The World managers who may have authorised or facilitated payments to police.

She went on to testify that authorisation for payments had also come from very senior levels at The Sun newspaper, and that one journalist had received around £150,000 to pay their sources.

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