A damning internal email shows former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks approved all cash payments to public officials.
Yet the top cop investigating alleged corrupt payments claims he didn’t see it.
Detective superintendent Mark Kandiah was asked at Kingston Crown Court, in south west London, last week about an email dated April 2006 sent to senior executives by the newspaper’s managing editor
The jury at the trial of six Sun journalists accused of paying public officials for confidential information was told by lawyers for Dudman that the email had “literally surfaced in the last week”.
Oliver Blunt QC asked: “I imagine you haven’t seen it?” Kandiah
The former police boss led Operation Elveden
Kandiah said much of the evidence for Operation Elveden was handed to police by the Management and Standards Committee (MSC)
Kandiah admitted that complications over the police’s ability to obtain confidential journalistic material had led the Met to rely on the MSC and that “lines of enquiry were dictated by material identified by News International”.
The jury also heard that documents allegedly detailing the authorisation for cash payments by Mohan had also only surfaced “recently”.
Three million emails at News International are missing after Rebekah Brooks changed the company’s email deletion policy in 2010. This includes those “covering her entire period as editor of the Sun”
Chris Pharo, Graham Dudman, Ben O’Driscoll
The trial continues.