Prince Harry accused of ‘scattered’ approach in phone hacking court case

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During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Judge Fancourt was told the proposed claims included new categories of alleged wrongdoing by NGN, including intercepting voicemails left on landlines and mobile phones, as well as live listening to calls. of mobile phones.

NGN’s lawyers argued in court papers that the Duke was making unspecified allegations dating back decades and that they should be barred by the statute of limitations for such crimes because he could not argue that he had just learned about them.

The Duke, actor Hugh Grant and More than 40 people sue NGN and the now-defunct News Of The World, for alleged illegal collection of information and invasion of privacy. A trial is scheduled for January 2025.

In a written summary of NGN’s defence, lawyer Anthony Hudson KC said there was no “compelling link” between the new allegations and those the court must currently consider.

He said: “This scattershot approach does not meet the … evidentiary requirements in relation to the allegation of similar factual evidence. Nor does it comply with the requirement that a trial be limited to the issues necessary and proportionate for the fair resolution of the controversy.”

He said it was “wholly inappropriate” for the Duke to impose new claims on the court “on the speculative basis that, among the myriad of non-specific allegations made against undefined journalists in two newspapers during the period 1996 and 2011, some isolated Ultimately Ultimately, these examples could be relevant to some unspecified allegations of illegal information collection.”

David Sherborne, representing the Duke, said his client wanted to expand the scope of the case to 1994, when: “The Duke of Sussex was 10 years old, but there was information relating to his well-being, relationships and his mother, Princess Dianaand his state of mind… and until 2016. That is the relevant period of dispute.”

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