Phone-hacking victims reject ‘cynical’ apology

Prominent figures sueing the News of the World have rejected its apology for phone hacking as they continue to seek a full disclosure of evidence.

Critics of the News International paper have dismissed the move as a cynical gesture designed to secure non-disclosure, which would hide the true scale of the scandal.

Lawyers for actress Sienna Miller said she had not accepted the apology or a settlement over the “outrageous violation of her privacy”.

Former MP George Galloway, who says he has seen proof that his phone was hacked, dismissed the apology as “a cynical attempt to protect the company’s chief executive”, Rebekah Brooks.

According to the Guardian, NoW has previously settled out of court with the likes of publicist Max Clifford and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor in order to keep revealing documents from the public domain.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Harris, the lawyer of football agent Sky Andrew, made the claim on Radio 4’s The World This Weekend that the true number of victims was “certainly not a handful – maybe 4,000, 6,000, 7,000 – a huge amount of people”.

She said: “If you consider that if you hack into one person’s phone, you have access to everyone who has left a message for them. And then, if you go into the person who has left a message, you get all of theirs. You have got to be running into several thousand, just from that methodology.”

She said Andrew wouldn’t settle without disclosure of notes and emails because “we haven’t even got near the truth yet”.

(Sources: MediaGuardian, Radio 4)




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