Private investigator sues News International
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Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011, 09:23
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 fighting.

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 reported.

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 phone-hacking investigation.

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 annual basis.


First Published: Friday, August 19, 2011, 09:23

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