LONDON'S METROPOLITAN POLICE has been ordered to hand over documents relating to the News of the World phone hacking case, which has resulted in a number of lawsuits by public figures.
The documents were originally obtained through phone and email hacking by Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator working for the News of the World. They were then seized by the Met after complaints surfaced.
After a brief investigation the Met dropped the case, citing lack of evidence. The police were then accused of a coverup, and allegations were raised that some coppers had been involved with selling celebrity information to the media.
Another investigation was launched after additional evidence was discovered in the form of "damaging" emails by News of the World's head of news, Ian Edmondson. David Cameron's media advisor, Andy Coulson, had also been the editor of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid news rag at the time, adding further controversy over government links to the hacking incidents. Edmondson has since been sacked, while Coulson has resigned.
What is left in their wake is a court order by Justice Geoffrey Vos, who ruled that the documents seized by the Met, which include Mulcaire's emails, address books and phone bills, must be handed over to Sky Andrew, one of the victims of the hacking incidents. The Met has 21 days to appeal and 28 days to comply with the order, according to The Guardian.
A number of other celebrities and politicians have filed lawsuits against the paper, including Sienna Miller, Paul Gascoigne, Steve Coogan, and Tessa Jowell. It is likely that similar document release orders will be forthcoming in those cases. µ