The raid was part of Operation Apprentice, an investigation by City of London
Police into matters “completely unrelated” to the current prosecution.
The court heard that Redknapp was arrested and interviewed by police at
Chichester Police station following the raid, but was not asked about
offshore accounts or the current allegations at any stage.
Redknapp said the first he knew of a suggestion that he had evaded tax using
the ‘Rosie 47’ Monaco account was when he was contacted by Rob Beasley, a
reporter from the News of the World, in February 2009 on the eve of the
Carling Cup final between Tottenham and Manchester United.
Redknapp said he was not aware that Beasley was recording the conversation,
and that he had contacted lawyers Schillings to try and prevent the
newspaper publishing a story.
“I didn’t want to wake up Sunday morning and head for the cup final with
Tottenham, in my first season with them, walking down with the players and
see Rob Beasley writing some story that wasn’t true to start with,” he said.
Beasley’s story was not published until October 2009, but the court was told
that when Redknapp was re-interviewed by police four months earlier, in June
2009, they were in posasession of transcripts of the conversation with the
They also had transcripts of Redknapp’s interview with the Quest investigation
into football corruption.
Redknapp said that police did not mention that they had the transcripts either
at his June interview, or at a further interview in October 2009.
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