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August 19, 2011 6:25 pm
Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed for phone hacking for the News of the World in 2007, has been refused permission by the Court of Appeal to try to overturn an order to reveal which employees at the tabloid newspaper had told him to intercept the phones of several public figures.
The case has been brought before the civil courts by Steve Coogan, the comedian, who is suing News Group, the subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News International that owns the Sun and the now-defunct News of the World. Mr Coogan is believed to be a victim of phone hacking.
The public figures concerned are expected to include Max Clifford, the public relations guru, supermodel Elle Macpherson, Sky Andrew, the football agent, Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Gordon Taylor, the former head of the Professional Footballers’ Association.
It is believed that Mr Mulcaire may have to reveal the names of those who ordered the hacking to the court as early as next week.
In an order made by Lord Justice Toulson at the beginning of the month, the judge said he had considered Mr Mulcaire’s appeal and supporting documents and was refusing permission to appeal.
Sarah Webb, partner at law firm Payne Hicks Beach, who is acting for Mr Mulcaire, had no comment.
Separately, detectives from Operation Weeting, the codename for the police investigation into hacking, on Friday arrested Dan Evans, 35, a former features reporter at the NoW, on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages. He has been bailed to a later date in October.
Mr Evans, who was suspended from the tabloid in April 2010, is involved in a case brought by Kelly Hoppen, an interior designer and stepmother of the actress Sienna Miller. She claims Mr Evans hacked into her voicemail as recently as June 2009. The case is continuing.
“We are fully co-operating with the police investigation and we are unable to comment further on matters due to ongoing police investigations,” said a spokesperson for News International.
The police also arrested a 51-year-old detective constable with the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and unauthorised disclosure of information relating to the phone hacking scandal. He has been bailed until September 29.
Fifteen people have now been arrested over the scandal, which has also seen the resignations of Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, Andy Coulson, the director of communications at Number 10, the Metropolitan Police commissioner and one of his most senior officers.
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