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Phone hacking investigator in UK Supreme Court bid

Associated Press Modified: May 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm •  Published: May 8, 2012

LONDON (AP) — A private investigator jailed for hacking phones for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World asked Britain's Supreme Court on Tuesday to back his bid to keep mum about who ordered him to conduct the illegal eavesdropping.

Glenn Mulcaire wants the top court to overturn a ruling that he cannot rely on privilege against self-incrimination in the phone hacking proceedings.

Mulcaire, who was briefly jailed in 2007 along with royal reporter Clive Goodman, is fighting to keep secret who told him to hack phones on behalf of the tabloid. Lower courts have ordered Mulcaire to say who asked him to intercept voice messages.

Murdoch shut down the News of the World in July after evidence emerged that it had regularly eavesdropped on the phones of politicians, celebrities and even crime victims.

Murdoch has so far paid out millions to settle lawsuits from 60 actors, athletes, politicians and other public figures whose voice mails were hacked. Dozens more lawsuits have been filed.

Mulcaire is named as co-defendant in many of the claims.

He said he was going to the Supreme Court to protect his "legitimate legal interests" — and not to protect Murdoch or his employees.

"Any suggestion I am bringing this appeal or defending the civil claims to protect the company I used to work for or anyone at that compamy would be completely wrong," Mulcaire said in a prepared statement.

The Supreme Court hearing is due to last two days.

In a related case, two judges ruled Tuesday that a former News of the World editor who was once Prime Minister David Cameron's media strategist can continue a court battle to force Murdoch's News International to pay his legal fees.

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