Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Finers Stephens Innocent, Solicitors
You are aware that we are advising Mr Jaffer
Kapasi in relation to your current investigation.
Our client is concerned that this matter is
being aired in the media and that he is being repeatedly contacted
by the press concerning your investigation. Indeed, your investigation
appears to have had not inconsiderable publicity to date, as is
evidenced by the copy articles attached.
Our client was told that Sir Peter Soulsby met
with the journalist, David Leppard in a pub in the King's Street
in Leicester just before the article came out. Naturally, our
client is concerned that this matter be dealt with through the
proper channels, and not through the media.
It is our view and that of Mr Kapasi, that this
matter is best not pre-judged in the media. We should be grateful
if you would advise us whether you or your office have spoken
to representatives of the media concerning our client and whether
you have given any advice to any other party, regarding the media
profile of this matter.
9 June 2000