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Private Investigator Convicted Of Phone Hacking Suing News International

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News International, the British subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which published News Of The World until it closed last month, announced on July 20th that it would stop covering his legal costs, after paying £246,000 (around $420,000) to Mulcaire's lawyers.

Mulcaire is facing over a dozen lawsuits over his role in hacking into the phones of various public officials, celebrities, murder victims and even members of the royal family, and says that News Group, a News International subsidiary, is contractually obligated to continue paying his fees.

So far Mulcaire and royals reporter Clive Goodman are the only two NOTW employees to be convicted for the hackings, though on Thursday Scotland Yard arrested its thirteenth person in connection with the scandal.