Was Rupert Murdoch aware of the bail conditions imposed on his staff when he lifted their suspension?

Mr Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM
Commissioner
Metropolitan Police Service
New Scotland Yard
Broadway
London
SW1H 0BG

20 February 2012

Dear Commissioner,

Bail conditions of staff at News International

You will have seen reports that Rupert Murdoch has personally lifted the suspensions of journalists at The Sun newspaper, arrested on suspicion of offences relating to bribery, corruption and similar.

In his email to staff on this matter, Mr Murdoch made a point of saying “We are doing everything we can to assist those who were arrested…they are welcome to return to work”.

We are all keen to see good journalists employed in the conduct of excellent public interest reporting. I do not want to see Mr Murdoch’s actions undermine your investigation though. Mr Murdoch must not be aware of the terms of the bail that was awarded to his employees. The ‘no contact’ terms were there for a reason.

Are you satisfied that vital evidence will be secure as a result of Mr Murdoch’s actions?

It is known that for many years News International has destroyed evidence and obstructed police and Parliamentary enquiries into its corrupt and illegal practices.

It seems remarkable that the people being investigated of such serious crimes should be put in a position that makes it impossible to determine whether bail terms have been breached.

Can you please confirm that you have secured computer and paper filing systems? The public will think it odd that the circumstances that lead to the bail of a number of high profile individuals will allow them to be in the proximity of evidence that can be tampered with.

Your assurance that all such evidence will be secure from further depredations will put my mind at ease.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Tom Watson
Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East

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