Originally from The Sunday Times, – Sunday, January 26, 2003
SOME of the City’s leading businessmen are named on a confidential list compiled in an international police inquiry into internet child pornography.
The list of 7,272 British names has been obtained by The Sunday Times. It includes at least 20 senior executives in pharmaceuticals, stockbroking, manufacturing and retailing, at least seven of whom are thought to be multimillionaires.
They are among those caught by the American authorities using their credit cards to pay for graphic pictures of children as young as six being abused. The 1,000-page list, which was passed to British police last summer, details the names, addresses and the number of subscriptions paid to child porn websites.
Disclosure of the names to The Sunday Times is likely to prompt a major leak inquiry within the British police and other organisations in the UK supplied with the list.
It is also likely to renew concerns over the policing of the internet and the slow pace of the inquiry which has seen fewer than a third of those listed arrested.
Names on the list include:
The former chairman of one of the City’s biggest firms of stockbrokers.
A senior director of a well known drinks company. Contacted at home last week, he hung up when asked why his name was on the list.
A millionaire business colleague of one of Britain’s best-known entrepreneurs.
A director of one of the country’s biggest construction companies.
A prominent City PR man who acts as an intermediary between boardrooms, the media and the government. He said last week that police had not visited his home.
A former director of one of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals companies.
A senior partner at a multinational accountancy firm.
A top executive at a large manufacturing company.
The Sunday Times has decided not to identify the businessmen because the police have still not interviewed them or made arrests in most cases.
Others on the list include a senior teacher at an exclusive girls’ public school, services personnel from at least five military bases, GPs, university academics and civil servants. Many are married and respected members of their local communities.
The identities of suspects had been a closely guarded secret. Fewer than 50 of the 2,000 arrested have so far been named in the British inquiry – Operation Ore. The list was generated after an inquiry by the US Postal Inspection Service in 1999 into a pay-per-view child porn website in Texas.
“The Sunday Times has decided not to identify the businessmen because the police have still not interviewed them or made arrests in most cases.”
10 years on, the police STILL haven’t interviewed the ‘suspects’ and so the Sunday Times has STILL not published the names.
Grateful thanks once again to Murun Buchstansangur