Murdoch to reappear before MPs in phone-hack case
Simply can't do without his company
MPs are expected to grill James Murdoch for a second time, but no date has been set by the media, culture and sports committee yet.
The News International chairman, son of News Corp mogul Rupert Murdoch, will be asked in to Parliament again only after the MPs Tom Watson, Louise Mensch and their committee colleagues have heard evidence from Les Hinton, an unnamed representative from Farrer & Co solicitors and lawyer Mark Lewis.
A media, culture and sports committee spokeswoman confirmed to The Register that no date had been set for either session yet.
She added that James Murdoch would only be recalled after his father's right-hand man for 52 years, Hinton – who resigned in July amid allegations of widespread phone-hacking at the now-defunct NI Sunday tabloid News of the World – had appeared before the MPs.
Lewis, who represents murder victim Milly Dowler's family, and Farrer & Co – which acted for NI subsidiary News Group Newspapers in handling claims issued by former Football Association boss Gordon Taylor – will also be asked to give evidence before Murdoch is asked to reappear before the committee.
Separately, it has been reported by the Guardian that the mother of 7/7 bombing victim Christian Small is to pursue a civil case against NI over alleged voicemail interception. ®
Why before MPs?
Shouldn't he appear before a court of law?
I am ignorant in such matters, but it seems to me that if he was aware of and thus complicit in these phone hacking allegations he should answer to the law and not a group of people who have used NI in the past to push their own agendas.
re: Bad times for Junior?
`News Corp. Shareholders bring fresh charges against Directors': "The revelations surrounding News Corp.'s corporate governance lapses get worse with each new disclosure ..
In fact, our new complaint shows that the illicit phone hacking and subsequent cover-ups at News of the World were part of a much broader, historic pattern of corruption at News Corp., under the acquiescence of a board that was fully aware of the wrongdoing, if not directly complicit in the actions."
@ Annihilator, It's the press if it involves anything with a circuit board and unauthorised access it's "hacking" and sadly that's what the word has come to mean.
While this is a big story for a million and one reasons I also happen to think that the mobile operators should also have a eye cast upon them by the general media for lax security practices, the feature should be disabled by default and only be enabled if directly requested by the customer in question.