London: The private investigator at the
centre of Britain`s phone hacking scandal, Glenn Mulcaire, has
sued Rupert Murdoch`s media empire, seeking that the company
pay his hefty legal bills.
Mulcaire has issued a high court writ claiming the News
International has a contractual obligation to pay his legal
bills that are accruing on the over dozen cases he is
The legal action by Mulcaire, who is a defendant in
numerous cases, came after the company said last month that it
would stop paying his legal costs with immediate effect.
The company received the writ yesterday, the Guardian
The report came on a day when James Desborough, an
award-winning reporter at the defunct News of the World,
became the 13th person to be arrested as part of the
He was arrested after he arrived at the police station by
appointment for questioning in relation to alleged illegal
news gathering practices at the tabloid.
Mulcaire is alleged to have routinely hacked into messages
left on mobile phones on the instructions of senior figures at
the now defunct News of the World tabloid. He has already
spent time in prison for illegally intercepting messages of
the royal household.
The private investigator was employed on a 12-month
contract by News International and it was reviewed on an