LONDON Jan 10 A senior British
counter-terrorism police officer was found guilty on Thursday of
misconduct in public office over a call to the News of the World
to discuss an investigation into phone-hacking by its reporters.
April Casburn, 53, a detective chief inspector, rang up the
tabloid newspaper on Sept. 11, 2010, and disclosed various
details of a confidential police probe that had just been
launched and was the subject of intense media speculation.
The prosecution accused her of asking the paper for money
and said her call was a "malicious" attempt to undermine the
investigation because of her perception that she had been
wronged and sidelined by police colleagues.
Casburn denied asking for payment and said her intention was
to raise the alarm over what she viewed as a waste of
counter-terrorism resources on the hacking investigation.
After hearing three days of evidence and arguments, a jury
at London's Southwark Crown Court returned a verdict of guilty
on one count of misconduct in public office, the Press