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Witness Statement of HJK

Witness Statement of HJK

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TheLavesonInquiry
Witness
Statement
forPart1,Module1
Witnessstatementof
HJK
I,HJKc/oCollyerBristowlLP,4BedfordRow,London,WC1
R
4DFwiHsayasfollows:
1.I
makethisstatementinconnectionwithmyroleas
a
Core
ParticipantintheLevesonInquiry.
2.
I
amavictimofphone-hackingbythepressalthough
I
amnot
well
knownand
I
havenotbeentargetedforwho
I
am.
I
havebegunacivilaction
in
theHighCourtandamanapplicantintheJudioialReviewoftheMetropolitanPoliceServlce.Bothactionsareprotectedbyanonymityorders.Muchof
my
statementisextremelysensitiveandprivatetomeandforthisreasonIhavepreparedaconfidentialAnnextothisstatementwhichIwish
to
bedisclosedonly
to
LordJusticeLevasonandthebarristerwhowillbequestioningmeonbehalf
of
theInquiry(althoughnothingintheAnnexshould
be
usedforquestiOningmeinopenCourt).Although
I
wish
to
help
the
Inquiry
by
explaining
my
experience
I
donotwant
to
compromisemyanonymityeither
by
mynameoridentitybeingdisclosedorbyothersbeingabletodeterminemyidentity
by
puttingtogetheracollectionofpiecesofinformation.
I
remainveryshakenbytheeventsIdescribeinthestatementsomuchsothatwhen
I
wentthroughtheaccountwithmylawyersintheInq:ulryforthepurposeofcreatingthisstatement,Iwasemotionallydrainedand
it
tookmeawhiletorecover.
3.In2000I
met
a
well-knownindividualthroughvoluntaryworkIwasdoingatthe~me.IwillrefertothisindividualasX.XandIgotonverywellandwebegandatinginFebruary/March.Whilstourrelationshipwasdeveloping,Iwouldnotdescribeusaseverbeing"inarelationship"witheachotheralthoughperhaps
it
mayhavebecomearelationshiphad
it
beenable
to
developnaturallyandwithoutthefearofpressscrutiny.
L191SS&vlOlIllf.!Oll17:S4
Documentsreferredto
MOD100024086
 
4.InAprilofthatyear
I
receivedatelephonecallanmymobilephonefromsomeonestatingthattheywerefromtheRoyalMail.Thecallerexplainedthathewishedtodeliverapackagewhere
the
label
hadripped
off
leavingnoaddressand
that
allwasleftonthepackagewasmymobilenumber.Although
it
subsequentlyoccurred
to
measbeingverystrangethatapackagewouldhaveamobiletelephonenumberon
it,
I
adnoreason
to
besuspiciousofanyoneatthattimeand
I
gave
out
myaddress.5.OnaSaturdayinlateAprll2Q06,mydoorbellrangatabout9.00
a.m.in
themorning.
I
answeredthedoor
and
wasconfrontedbyaintroducedhimselfandsaid
that
he
wasajoumalis!fromHeaskedmestraightout"areyouinarelationship
withX»?I
wasfairlystunnedbythisbut
I
managedtoreply"Idon'tknowwhoyouaretalkingabour,Hesaidthathehadlearntthat
X
livedatmyflat
(X
didnot).
I
continuedtodenyanyrelationshipwith
X
although
I
wasforced
to
concedethat
I
knewwho
X
was.Thejournalist
said
thathehadinformationfromhissources
that
X
and
I
wereinarelationshipandthat
X
lived
with
meatthisflatFacedwithmydenialsthejournalistgave
me
his
businesscard(whichwas~usinesscard)andleft.
6.I
wascompletelyshockedathavingbeenquestionedbyajournaliston
the
stepsofmyflatparticularlyinrelation
to
a
privatematter.
I
elephonedaclosefriend
of
mineforadviceandresolvedtocallandwarn
X
thatjournalistswerequestioning
me
aboutourrelationship.7Icalled
X.
ItoldX
that
wehadaproblemandexplainedthequestionsthejournalisthadaskedme.
X
wasclearlyalarmedatwhat
I
was
saying
and
de.splte
my
assurances
I
couldteUthaiXwasquestioningwhetherornotIcouldhetrustedandwhetheritwasactuallymewhohadapproachedthejournalistThismustbeaconstantfearofsomeonewho
is
inthepubliceye.ItriedtokeepcalmandkeepXcalmandexplainedthatIhaddeniedeverything
to
thejoumalist.Wealsoresolvedthatdaythatweshouldnolongerseeeachotherwhichwasupsettingenoughinitself.8.Iwasduetoundertakesomevoluntaryworkthatday.ReJuctanUy,Iphonedinsick,lettingdownthepeopleIwasworkingwith.Dorumentsreferred
to
MOD100024087
 
10.LaterthatdayIwascalledonmymobiletelephonebythejournalist
who
haddoorsteppedme.Ihadnotgivenhimmymobilenumber.Hesaidthathehadspoken
to
XandXhad
confinnedthat
X
knew
me.Thejournalist
said
thathe
and
Icould
come
to
an~arrangemenr.I
understoodimmediatelythathemeantthat
j
could
be
paid
for
disclosinginformation.
r
informedhim
that
I
wasnotinterested.
11.Itried
(0
callXseveraltimes.IleftmessagesaskingX
to
callmeback.Atabout7.30intheeveningXcalledme.Xhadreceivedinformation
that·90in9
topublish
a
story
thefoHowingmorningaboutourrelationship.Xwastryingtofindol'/Tf6re
informatio:~ndagreed
tobe
incontact
againlater
when
morewasknown.
12..I
was
extremelyworried
aboutwhatwashappening.
I
wasparticularlyconcernedaboutmyworkand2
hours
later,havingnotheardfromXwithfurtherinformation,Imadeadecisiontocallmybosswhowasbasedoverseas.Ididnotwanthimtolearnofthestoryfromthenewspapersandthought
it
aplilropriateto
warn
himinadvance.It
was
averyuncomfortablecalltohavetomakeand
my
bosswas
not
particularlysympathetic.13.Ultimately,thestorywasneverpublished.In
the
end,thestory
This,coupled
with
mynon-collaborationwiththe
press,
hadapparentlyknockedthestoryaboutmy
relationship
withXoffthenews,14.Iwasextremelyrelieved
that
thestorywasnotpublishedbutwas
obviously
concerned
that
somethIngwouldbepublishedinthefuture.
I
did
howeversufferseriousrepercussionsatworkforhavinginformed
my
boss
aboutmy
personalsituation.I
was
bulliedandsingled-outforcriticismtosuchanextentthatonadvicefromACASI
kept
adiaryof
j~
which
Il'ater
confrontedhim
with.My
positionwasbecominguntenable.
I
alsorecallthat
Ihad
difficulty
with
aclientwho
J
hadchasedforanupdate.Thecllent
said
hehad
left
meavoicemessage
however
I
told
himIhadnotreceivedanymessagefromhimandwehadanawkward
~7SlI5562.10211112011
l1,U
Documentsreferredto
MOD100024088

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