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    UK: Metropolitan Police Officer Jailed for Attempting to Sell Information about Phone-Hacking

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    A Metropolitan police officer, who was found guilty of offering to sell inside information on the phone-hacking investigation of the now-defunct News of the World, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

    Detective chief inspector April Casburn was found guilty of misconduct in public office in January 2013 having telephoned the tabloid newspaper in late 2010 to disclose confidential information about the decision of the Metropolitan Police to launch a new investigation into phone hacking.

    In handing down the custodial sentence on 1 February 2013, Mr Justice Fulford described the officer's actions as a "straightforward but troubling case of corruption" that warranted a custodial sentence.

    Ms Casburn is the first person to be convicted as part of Operation Elveden, which is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments being made to the police. To date, 59 arrests have been made as part of the ongoing investigation.

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