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The Metropolitan Police have said they will not launch a criminal investigation into disgraced BBC journalist Martin Bashir's Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995.

An inquiry in May found Bashir had lied to obtain the interview, using 'deceitful' methods later covered up by a 'woefully ineffective' internal investigation by Tony Hall, who later became BBC director-general. 

But in a statement on the independent report, Scotland Yard said: “In March 2021, the Metropolitan Police Service determined it was not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995. 

“Following the publication of Lord Dyson's report in May, specialist detectives assessed its contents and looked carefully at the law - once again obtaining independent legal advice from Treasury Counsel as well as consulting the Crown Prosecution Service. 

“As a result, the MPS has not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence and will therefore be taking no further action.”

15 September 2021                                            Back to the headlines 


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