It seemed extraordinary after such an embarrassing public reverse that the Metropolitan police should have continued to charge people who were the subject of Mahmood’s revelations.
That struck Egan, too. Since the collapse of the Contostavlos trial she has fired off letters to the Met, the CPS and Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, calling for a proper investigation into all of Mahmood’s stories.
In her letter to Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, she also expresses her amazement that his force held a secret inquiry called Operation Canopus into Mahmood’s journalistic methodology in the wake of the kidnap trial, but did not contact her.
So there are questions for the Met, the CPS and News UK. I’m afraid it sounds like another job for Sir Brian Leveson all over again.
The Met, the CPS and News UK.