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UK: Hacking investigator `acted on instructions`

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have both denied authorising phone hacking.

London: A private detective at the centre
of Britain`s phone-hacking scandal today said he was acting on
"instructions", rejecting claims by executives at the News of
the World that he was a rogue operator.

Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed in 2007 for hacking
cellphone voicemails, issued a statement a day after the
mother of a murdered eight-year-old British girl said police
had confirmed her details were found among Mulcaire`s papers.

"Glenn Mulcaire has already expressed his sincere
regret to those who have been hurt and affected by his
activities and he repeats that apology most sincerely," said a
statement issued through Mulcaire`s solicitors.

"He was effectively employed by News of the World from
2002 to carry out his role as a private investigator. As he
accepted when he pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges of phone
interception he admits that his role did include phone

"As an employee he acted on the instructions of

In a cryptic passage, he added: "There were also
occasions when he understood his instructions were from those
who genuinely wished to assist in solving crimes. Any
suggestion that he acted in such matters unilaterally is

"In the light of the ongoing police investigation, he
cannot say any more."

Mulcaire and the News of the World`s former royal
editor Clive Goodman were charged in 2006 with hacking the
phones of British royals and jailed the following year.

His decision to break his silence today comes just
over a week after News International, the British newspaper
wing of Rupert Murdoch`s global media empire, said it was
terminating an agreement to pay his legal fees.

Rebekah Brooks, editor of the News of the World from
2000-2003, and Andy Coulson, her successor from 2003-2007,
have both denied authorising phone hacking or knowing that the
practice was being used.


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