UK officer in court on leak-offer charge

LONDON -- A senior British counter-terrorism investigator has appeared in court charged with offering information to the now-defunct News of the World tabloid in 2010.

Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn is the first person charged in connection with Scotland Yard's investigation into corrupt payments made by journalists in return for scoops.

The inquiry was launched last year once it became clear that the News of the World had engaged in a years-long campaign of illegal espionage and bribery aimed at keeping its competitive edge.

Casburn, 53, was formerly the head of Scotland Yard's terrorist financing investigation unit.

She spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth at a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday. She was released on bail until her next hearing, due on Nov. 2.