Hackney chief sues Private Eye

Cyril Dixon reports

SENIOR Hackney Council executive Sam Yeboah is suing satirical magazine Private Eye for libel over stories which he claims implicated him in fraud and corruption.

Yeboah, director of human resources at the east London authority, has issued a writ over two pieces which appeared in the magazine's local government section.

Robin Lewis, partner at Bindman & Partners which is acting for Yeboah, confirmed that his team was also studying the contents of a BBC2 documentary programme 'Taking Liberties'.

The programme, screened earlier this month, was based on an investigation into how "politically correct" employment policies allegedly allowed fraud to go unchecked.

Hackney has appointed Ian McDonald QC to investigate the authority's record on tackling fraud and corruption, but has denied that its equal opportunities policy is connected with any irregularities.

The council is also considering whether to make a complaint to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission about 'Taking Liberties'.

However, it is waiting until the Yeboah legal action is dealt with before proceeding.