Number of victims of UK phone-hacking likely 829
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Last Updated: Monday, February 06, 2012, 19:06
London: British police on Monday said there were 829 likely victims of phone-hacking by newspapers, including Rupert Murdoch's now closed tabloid, News of the World.

Sue Akers, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, in charge of investigations into phone- hacking, confirmed to the Leveson Inquiry that 581 of 829 victims had been contacted, but 231 could not be identified, and 17 had not been told due to "operational reasons".

It was previously reported that the potential victims of phone-hacking were 742, of whom nearly 50 had reached out-of- court settlements with Murdoch's News International, which paid substantial amounts as compensation in January.

Akers, who is overseeing three investigations into phone-hacking and related issues, said so far, 17 people had been arrested, with two released without any action, and the remaining 15 due to answer bail in March.

Deposing before the Leveson Inquiry, Akers said the victims of phone-hacking included individuals those whose names and other details figure in documents belonging to the former private detective employed by the News of the World, Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed in January 2007 for phone hacking.

Akers said that Operation Elveden, which is looking into payments to the police by journalists for information, is to be expanded by 50 per cent after four past and present Sun journalists were arrested just over a week ago.

She said that the Elveden inquiry into alleged illegal payments by newspapers was important because "if the public think that information is being leaked by police officers to journalists then it is inevitable that public confidence is eroded".

She added that there was "very legitimate public interest in investigating this".


First Published: Monday, February 06, 2012, 19:06

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