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Jul 22, 2014

Britain does U-turn on ex-KGB agent Litvinenko murder inquiry

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain announced on Tuesday it would hold a public inquiry into the death of a former Russian spy who accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, but denied the decision was linked to the Ukraine crisis.

A year ago, the British government declined to order an inquiry into the killing of ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea poisoned with a radioactive isotope in a London hotel in 2006. That led to accusations Britain was appeasing the Kremlin, which has always denied involvement.

Jul 21, 2014

Murdoch tabloid suspends “fake sheikh” UK reporter

LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) – Mazher Mahmood, a British
journalist known for his undercover work posing as a “fake
sheikh”, was suspended by Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper on
Monday after the collapse of a celebrity trial in which he was a
main witness.

His suspension comes just weeks after the editor and senior
journalists from a now-defunct Murdoch tabloid were jailed for
their part in a phone-hacking scandal which led to demands for
action over the “dark arts” of Britain’s aggressive tabloid
press.

Jul 20, 2014

Ex-Libyan rebel commander appeals ruling on British torture case

LONDON (Reuters) – A former Libyan Islamist commander who says he suffered years of torture by Muammar Gaddafi’s henchmen after British and U.S. spies handed him over to Libya will try this week to overturn a ruling blocking legal action against the British government.

Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a rebel leader who helped topple Gaddafi in 2011 and is now leader of the Libyan al-Watan Party, says he and his pregnant wife Fatima were abducted by U.S. CIA agents in Thailand in 2004 and then illegally transferred to Tripoli with the help of British spies.

Jul 16, 2014

Six ex-Murdoch UK journalists will not face hacking charges

LONDON, July 16 (Reuters) – Six former journalists on Rupert
Murdoch’s now defunct British tabloid, the News of the World,
will not face charges in connection with widespread
phone-hacking at the paper, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Andy Coulson, the paper’s former editor
who later became Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, was
jailed for encouraging the hacking of voicemails on mobile
phones in a bid to find exclusive stories.

Jul 4, 2014

UK PM’s ex-media chief Coulson jailed for Murdoch tabloid hacking

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months on months on Friday for being complicit in widespread phone-hacking by journalists to obtain scoops at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid he edited.

Coulson, editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper from 2003-2007, was convicted last week of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones following a high-profile eight-month trial at London’s Old Bailey court.

Jun 30, 2014

Children’s star Rolf Harris found guilty of serial sex assaults

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Rolf Harris, a mainstay of
family entertainment in Britain and Australia for more than 50
years, was found guilty on Monday on 12 charges of indecently
assaulting young girls over two decades.

Harris, 84, was unanimously convicted by a jury of six men
and six women of sexually assaulting four girls, some as young
as seven or eight, between 1968 and 1986.

Jun 30, 2014

Cameron’s former aide Coulson to be re-tried over royal payments

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson, found guilty last week over phone-hacking while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, will stand trial for a second time over alleged illegal payments, prosecutors said on Monday.

Coulson was convicted by a jury of being complicit in widespread tapping of voicemails by journalists at Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid following an eight-month trial at London’s Old Bailey.

Jun 30, 2014

UK PM Cameron’s former aide Coulson to be re-tried over royal payments

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson, found guilty last week
over phone-hacking while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, will
stand trial for a second time over alleged illegal payments,
prosecutors said on Monday.

Coulson was convicted by a jury of being complicit in
widespread tapping of voicemails by journalists at Murdoch’s now
defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid following an
eight-month trial at London’s Old Bailey.

Jun 26, 2014

Late UK TV star Savile said to have sexually abused dead bodies

LONDON (Reuters) – Jimmy Savile, the late BBC TV presenter revealed two years ago to have been one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders, might have sexually abused dead bodies in a hospital where he worked as a volunteer, health investigators said on Thursday.

In 2012 police said Savile, one of the Britain’s best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011.

Jun 25, 2014

In defence of Rebekah Brooks: a British lawyer cripples the prosecution case

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – Just weeks before her trial on
phone-hacking charges was due to start, Rebekah Brooks got some
crushing news: the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s British
newspaper arm learnt that her main defence lawyer could no
longer represent her.

Brooks need not have worried about losing John Kelsey-Fry,
who dropped out as he himself might be called as a witness in
the case, even though he is one of Britain’s best trial lawyers.