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article imageOp-Ed: Did ghoul hack murder victim’s mobile phone?

By Alexander Baron     Sep 13, 2011 in Crime
London - As the Home Affairs Select Committee prepares to recall James Murdoch, the mother of a murder victim issues a writ against the publishers of the now defunct ‘News Of The World’.
Christian Small was one of 52 innocent people murdered by terrorists in London on July 7, 2005 when a four man Al-Qaeda cell from outside the capital exploded bombs on the London Underground and a bus during the morning rush hour.
The word closure has sadly become a cliché of our age; too often in the wake of some senseless murder or terrorist outrage, the friends and relatives of victims are said to have found some sort of closure after an inquest, the conviction of a perpetrator, or in rare cases, an execution. It has now been over 6 years since Britain had its own 9/11; although the scale of the attacks cannot begin to compare with either the carnage or the consequences of that greatest modern day peacetime atrocity, they are something Britain, Londoners, and most of all the wounded and the families of the victims have yet quite to come to terms with, but those most deeply affected have been getting on with their lives as best they can. Now comes another bombshell.
It was revealed publicly earlier this year that the mobile phone of 13 year old Milly Dowler was hacked shortly after she was murdered in March 2002; her killer, Levi Bellfield, was convicted only this year. The revulsion caused by that revelation led to the closure of the News Of The World, and a personal apology by Rupert
A compositive photograph of the Russell Square victims.
A compositive photograph of the Russell Square victims.
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Murdoch, though it has to be said that most of his underlings did hot exhibit such humility.
Today, as the Home Affairs Committee plans to recall James Murdoch, the son of the media magnate, in the ongoing Hackgate inquiry, it has been revealed that the mobile phone of another murder victim may have been hacked. Although no details have yet been made public, Sheila Henry, the mother of 28 year old Christian Small, has launched proceedings in connection with this claim. Mrs Henry was informed by the police that details of her son’s mobile phone had been found in the papers of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who served a gaol sentence in 2007 for illegally intercepting phone messages at the behest of the News Of The World.
Christian Small was both an alumnus of Middlesex University who had worked for the Voluntary Services Organisation, and a keen athlete who excelled at hurdles. If this allegation in particular is proved, then others at News International, including perhaps James Murdoch himself, could be for the high jump.
There is a widely held belief that certain MPs and even entire governments have been in bed with the corporate media for years; the vigour with which the Select Committee has investigated these allegations suggests that some politicians, including the not instantly likeable Keith Vaz, may be owed an apology.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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