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Ex-UK MP Rejects Phone Hacking Cash

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TEHRAN, March 3 (ICANA) – A former member of British parliament has refused to admit any financial settlement in court battle with News of the World over revelations his phone was hacked.
Thursday, March 03, 2011 9:15:23 PM
Ex-UK MP Rejects Phone Hacking Cash

Former Glasgow MP, George Galloway, who is also a founding member of the Respect Party, said he “wants his day in court” with News International over his breach of privacy claim.

News of the World has already paid millions of pounds to hacking victims to settle their cases at the court, but it has been told that new claims could further deteriorate the conditions surrounding the issue.

In one case, police found evidence that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had tapped George Galloway's phone, then filed for damages from the newspaper.

The UK newspaper had offered Galloway “substantial sums of money” to settle the case.

The veteran Scottish politician became aware of the alleged hacking when a Metropolitan police officer came to his office in Parliament when he was Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

“Some people have reportedly settled for a million pounds and signed confidentiality agreements. By the grace of God, I have no need for money. So I tell you this now. I will never settle. I will never sign a confidentiality agreement”, said the Dundee-born former MP.

“I want my day in court, with the News of the World, Rupert Murdoch, with his son, and his daughter, and with all the chieftains of the Murdoch empire”, added Galloway.

“Don't even bother, Mr Murdoch, offering me a cheque. I will see you in court. And when I get you there I will be asking you about Tommy Sheridan's court case,” added Galloway, who is campaigning to become an MSP.

At Sheridan's perjury trial, Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor, gave evidence that he had no knowledge of phone hacking, although Glenn Mulcaire was said to have Sheridan's mobile phone number and personal details.

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