PHONE HACKING AT THE SCREWS
Lewis told MPs that News International had now threatened injunctions to stop him acting for other clients who want to sue over voicemail hacking including PR man Max Clifford, whose phone was hacked by private investigator Glenn Trigger Mulcaire. He gave the committee a copy of a letter, dated 11 August, from Julian Pike of Farrer & Co, the Dirty Diggers solicitors.
We refute [sic] any suggestion that you are able to act for Mr Clifford either now or in the future or any other would-be claimant in respect of voicemail accessing allegations You personally were party to confidential information which you are obliged not to disclose. Were you to act for any other would-be claimant in respect of the voicemail accessing allegations, at the very least there is an undoubted risk that the confidential information would be put to use It goes without saying that our client will object to your involvement in this or any other related case as against our client for the reasons set out above. We reserve our clients rights to take injunctive proceedings against you should you choose to disregard the matters contained in this letter.
Just one rogue reporter
When Lewis was asked by the committee what he understood this letter to be saying, he replied: "You know too much. Dont act against us or we will bring the whole weight of the organisation against you. The chairman asked Lewis on what possible legal basis NI could injunct him. On the basis that I won, he said, and my client got a lot of money.
All this is very odd in light of the repeated assertions by Murdoch executives that they had nothing to do with systematic phone hacking, which was all the work of just one rogue reporter and an overactive private investigator. Why so jumpy?
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