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James Murdoch to be recalled before Select Committee

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Post by Guest on 21.07.11 19:27

Oo er it seems to be worse and worse............................

7.15pm: John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons select committee, has told my colleague Patrick Winter that he will be recalling James Murdoch to explain the statement issued tonight by Colin Myler and Tom Crone.

7.09pm: More news of the mystery bag belonging to Rebekah Brooks's husband which was found in a bin in an underground car park near the couple's home on Monday.

Charlie Brooks has said the bag – which contained papers and a lap top – is his and does not contain material connected with the phone hacking inquiry. My colleague Amelia Hill has a story on this soon. Here's a taste:

The Brooks's spokesperson David Wilson said that Charlie Brooks is currently "disappointed" that three days later, police are still refusing to return the bag but remains confident that, once they have established the bag is his, it will be returned to him.

"Police have been in touch and have asked for the passwords," he confirmed. "Charlie was hoping it would be returned before now but he is adamant that everything it is his computer and that there is nothing on it that is Rebekah's and nothing that has anything to do with the case [into phone hacking].

"He hopes it will all be returned without much more delay. It is in their [the police's] hands now but Charlie is confident they will return it in the fullness of time," he added.

6.47pm: James Murdoch's account to the Commons culture select committee about his involvement in agreeing the out-of-court settlement with the former head of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, was "mistaken", according to a statement issued by former News of the World editor Colin Myler and former News international legal manager Tom Crone.

The statement says:

Just by way of clarification relating to Tuesday's CMS Select Committee hearing, we would like to point out that James Murdoch's recollection of what he was told when agreeing to settle the Gordon Taylor litigation was mistaken.

In fact, we did inform him of the "for Neville" email which had been produced to us by Gordon Taylor's lawyers.

The Neville referred to in the statement is Neville Thurlbeck, the paper's former chief reporter. In 2009, documents passed to the culture committee revealed that he read transcripts of 35 hacked telephone messages between Gordon Taylor and Jo Armstrong, a legal advisor at the PFA.

They were sent in an email to the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire by an unnamed junior reporter on the paper on 29 June 2005. In the email, the reporter says "Hello, this is the transcript for Neville". The committee was told by Guardian reporter Nick Davies this was Neville Thurlbeck.

At the select committee hearing on Tuesday, James Murdoch told Labour MP Tom Watson that he was not aware of the email when he signed off the payment to Taylor:

Mr Watson: James – sorry, if I may call you James, to differentiate—when you signed off the Taylor payment, did you see or were you made aware of the full Neville e-mail, the transcript of the hacked voicemail messages?

James Murdoch: No, I was not aware of that at the time.

Mr Watson: But you paid an astronomical sum, and there was no reason to.

James Murdoch: There was every reason to settle the case, given the likelihood of losing the case and given the damages—we had received counsel—that would be levied

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Charlie Brooks missing computer found in car park

Post by Guest on 21.07.11 19:46

Now where have we heard about a missing bag before....................................

Police seek computer passwords of Rebekah Brooks's husband

Computer and iPad belonging to Charlie Brooks were found in carpark near couple's London residence

Amelia Hill,

Thursday 21 July 2011 19.24

Rebekah Brooks's husband, Charlie, had his computer and iPad confiscated by police investigating the phone-hacking scandal after they were found in a carpark.

Detectives are checking the contents of the two computers found in a carpark near the riverside home of Rebekah Brooks, the News International chief executive who resigned over phone hacking.

Police have asked for passwords to the laptop and iPad, claimed by Brooks's husband, Charlie, to belong to him. They are understood to be examining the computers's contents to establish whether they contain any evidence relevant to the criminal investigation of phone hacking at News International.

The bag, also containing personal papers, was found by a cleaner in an underground car park at the riverside Chelsea Harbour development on Monday afternoon.

Shortly after its discovery Brooks's husband, a former racehorse trainer and close friend of David Cameron, arrived on the scene and tried to reclaim it.

The police were instead called and less than half an hour after the bag was found two marked police cars and an unmarked forensics car are said to have arrived at the scene.

That same day David Wilson, Charlie Brooks's official spokesman, told the Guardian that Charlie Brooks expected the bag to be returned "forthwith".

Wilson has said Charlie Brooks is "disappointed" that three days later police are still refusing to return the bag – but added that Brooks remains confident police will return it once they have established it is his.

"Police have been in touch and have asked for the passwords," Wilson said. "Charlie was hoping it would be returned before now but he is adamant that ... it is his computer and that there is nothing on it that is Rebekah's and nothing that has anything to do with the [phone-hacking] case.

"He hopes it will all be returned without much more delay. It is in their [the police's] hands now but Charlie is confident they will return it in the fullness of time."

Police are understood to be checking CCTV footage at the garage to establish who left the bag, found in a bin in the car park. Brooks has said the bag was dropped by a friend who was trying to return it to him but accidently left it in the wrong part of the garage. "The suggestion is that a cleaner thought it was rubbish and put it in the bin," Wilson said.

Brooks has said that by the time he discovered the bag was missing and traced it down to the security guard the police had already been called.

Rebekah Brooks was arrested on Sunday under suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and of corrupting police officers. She was questioned for 12 hours before being released.

She appeared before the Commons culture, media and sport select committee on Tuesday afternoon, at which she said that until evidence emerged during the course of civil litigation she had not realised the extent of phone hacking at the News of the World when she was editor.

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