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LONDON – Legal action taken by comedian and actor Steve Coogan will not reveal some of the key figures at the heart of phone-hacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of the World.
Coogan, himself an alleged victim of the interceptions by the News International owned paper, has argued through his lawyers, that Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the center of the hacking case should disclose who had instructed him to hack into the voicemails of six high profile public figures.
But according to The Guardian, the names of several News of The World journalists who ordered Mulcaire to carry out the work, will now be kept from the public after Scotland Yard intervened to prevent publication.
The order comes as reports on first Sky News and later Press Association and in The Independent that Stuart Kuttner, who resigned as The News of The World managing editor in July 2009, had been rearrested Tuesday on suspicion of phone hacking and inappropriate payments to police.
Coogan’s lawyers had previously stated they would allow a period of time for legal papers to be drawn up to prevent the release of the names to the wider public.
London’s High Court demanded Mulcaire reveal who instructed him at the paper to access the voicemails of model Elle MacPherson and five other public figures including celebrity PR agent Max Clifford.
Mulcaire delivered the names at the end of last week to Coogan and his team.
Law firm Schillings was contacted by Mulcaire’s solicitor Sarah Webb of Payne Hicks Beach on Friday and asked not to make the names public.
Webb told The Guardian: “The issues of confidentiality are of concern to the Metropolitan police and we asked Coogan’s solicitors not to disclose the information until the Met could consider the matter.”
Scotland Yard had not responded to requests for a comment by The Guardian.
Mulcaire was jailed in January 2007 along with the News of the World‘s former royal editor Clive Goodman.
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