The CPS did not “sit” on a file of evidence against Paul Gambaccini as reported, but made a decision in his case around one month after all the evidence had been received from police on 4 September. While we received initial papers in February 2014 further investigation was necessary in order to properly consider the case.
It is also not right to imply that any decision making was timed in relation to other cases – this would only have been relevant if it had been decided to bring charges which was, of course, not the case in this instance.
Spending almost a year on police bail is of course, difficult, and a matter we do not take lightly, but it is vital that the CPS considers all the evidence in a case – both that which strengthens a case and that which undermines it - so that the right decision can be made, as happened in this case.
This information, along with further detail, has been provided to the Home Affairs Select Committee.
This is the first time that the CPS has used Mr Gambaccini’s name in relation to this case as our firm policy is not to name suspects unless they are charged – unless there are exceptional circumstances.