The force launched a probe after it was claimed that the then-BBC journalist lied to obtain the seminal interview in 1995.
A BBC inquiry found Mr Bashir had lied to obtain the interview. It said that he used “deceitful” methods which were later covered up by a “woefully ineffective” internal investigation by Tony Hall, who later became BBC director-general.
Today Scotland Yard announced that “no further action” would be taken against Mr Bashir – who has since left the BBC.
In a statement it said: “In March 2021, the Metropolitan Police Service determined it was not appropriate to begin a criminal investigation into allegations of unlawful activity in connection with a documentary broadcast in 1995.
“Following the publication of Lord Dyson’s report in May, specialist detectives assessed its contents and looked carefully at the law – once again obtaining independent legal advice from Treasury Counsel as well as consulting the Crown Prosecution Service.
“As a result, the MPS has not identified evidence of activity that constituted a criminal offence and will therefore be taking no further action.”
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