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Statement from the Judicial Communications Office

Statement regarding Paul Burrell


6 March 2008

Following Mr Burrell’s reported comments in an article in The Sun on 18 February 2008, the Coroner asked him to give further evidence, either in person, or via video-link, from abroad. Mr Burrell has refused to do this and as he is currently outside the Court’s jurisdiction the Coroner has no power to compel him to give evidence.

In these circumstances the Coroner has decided that further information from Mr Burrell should be read to the jury to ensure they have as complete a picture as possible.

The Coroner’s purpose, in seeking to recall Mr Burrell, was for him to explain the alleged inconsistencies between what he said in evidence and what he said on the occasion referred to in The Sun. In light of Mr Burrell’s refusal to give evidence, the Coroner has taken the decision that further information from Mr Burrell should be read to the jury to ensure they have as much information as possible.

Due to the ongoing nature of the Inquests, it is inappropriate for the Inquest team to make any further comments at this time

Notes for Editors

  1. Mr Burrell gave evidence between 14 and 16 January 2008.
  2. An investigation in to whether Mr Burrell committed perjury is not within the Coroner’s remit.
  3. Full transcripts of the court proceedings so far and evidence produced in court can be found on www.scottbaker-inquests.gov.uk.

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