Leak charge sees former counter-terrorism officer in Court

Operation Elveden: Officer in court on leak charge

Det Ch Insp April Casburn is the first person to be charged under Operation Elveden

1 October 2012 Last updated at 13:03

A former counter-terrorism officer has appeared in court accused of leaking information to the News of the World.

Det Ch Insp April Casburn, 53, is charged with misconduct in a public office for allegedly offering details to the now-closed tabloid in 2010.

Ms Casburn is the first person to be charged under Operation Elveden, into alleged corrupt payments to officials.

She was released on unconditional bail until 2 November at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Ms Casburn, from Hatfield Peverel, Essex, spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth during the short hearing. There was no plea.

She will next appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing.

Ms Casburn is alleged to have contacted the News of the World in September 2010 and offered to provide it with information.

The officer is former head of Scotland Yard’s national terrorist financing investigation unit, working in the Met’s specialist operations command. She is currently suspended.

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