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Met probes claims that Sun paid some public officials more than £10k a year

Source familiar with News Corp internal inquiry says it has found ‘serious suspected criminality over a sustained period’, guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 15 February 2012

The Scotland Yard investigation into alleged illegal payments by Sun journalists to police and other public officials is looking into claims that some individuals received more than £10,000 a year and were “effectively on retainer”.

News Corporation’s controversial internal unit passing information about alleged illegal practices by News International journalists to the Metropolitan police believes it has uncovered evidence of “serious suspected criminality over a sustained period” by some public officials supplying information to the Sun.

The revelation will almost certainly mean that Rupert Murdoch, the New York-based News Corp chairman and chief executive, will not seek to rein in the management and standards committee when he arrives in London on Friday for what are now almost certain to be crisis talks with News International management.