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New phone hacking claims to be heard in UK court

New phone hacking claims to be heard in UK court

The allegations relate to the erstwhile Sunday tabloid's former features team and cover a wider period of time than in previous cases. The former 'News of The World' Editor Andy Coulson (in picture).

London: New claims of phone hacking against the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch owned 'News of the World' can be heard in court, a UK High Court judge ruled on Monday.

The allegations relate to the erstwhile Sunday tabloid's former features team and cover a wider period of time than in previous cases.

Hacking claims against the features team were previously restricted to between January 2005 and August 2006, which is when journalist and convicted phone hacker Dan Evans has admitted hacking phones for the paper.

The latest ruling by Justice Mann could open the way for 60 new claims against publishers News Group Newspapers (NGN), the BBC reported.

The claimants include a number of soap stars and other celebrities.

Justice Mann is also due to rule next month on related claims of hacking involving the 'Sun' newspaper.

NGN, publisher of both titles, has already paid out millions of pounds to around 600 phone-hacking victims and apologised for hacking at the 'News of the World' between 1999 and 2006.

It has always denied there was any phone hacking at the 'Sun'.
first published:January 18, 2016, 22:53 IST