Saturday 29 October 2011

Court order for Sunday Times to hand over emails

A court has granted a production order demanding that the Sunday Times hands over emails sent between its political editor Isabel Oakeshott and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s estranged wife Vicky Pryce that could provide evidence that he asked her to take speeding points on his behalf, the Telegraph reports today.

The Telegraph says that a Sunday Times spokesman said the newspaper was considering appealing against the production order, which was granted during a closed court session earlier this week.

It is the second time Essex Police has applied for a production order against the Sunday Times.

In June this year the force asked the paper to hand over a signed statement from Pryce apparently confessing to taking points on her then husband’s behalf. The force also asked for a tape recording between Miss Pryce and her husband during which they discussed the allegations.

Yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service announced it had asked Essex Police to get “further information” before it made a decision on whether or not to charge either of the couple.

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