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British PM Cameron's ex-media chief Coulson to face payments re-trial

Published on Jun 30, 2014 5:51 PM
 
Andy Coulson (above), ex-media chief of British Prime Minister David Cameron, will face a re-trial over whether he sanctioned illegal payments to a public official while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, prosecutors said on June 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson will face a re-trial over whether he sanctioned illegal payments to a public official while editing a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, prosecutors said on Monday.

Last week a jury at London's Old Bailey failed to reach a verdict on whether Coulson and the News of the World's former royal editor Clive Goodman were guilty of making illegal payments to a police officer to obtain telephone directories for Britain's royal family.

Coulson was however found guilty of conspiring to hack into voicemail messages to generate front-page news at the now defunct Sunday tabloid and he is likely to be sentenced later this week.

Three other journalists and a former investigator from the mass-selling paper also pleaded guilty before the trial began and they will be sentenced along with Coulson. "For a period of years there was industrial scale phone-hacking at the News of the World," prosecutor Andrew Edis said at the opening of the sentencing hearing.

 
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