Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Justice to question Murdochs under oath

The public inquiry ordered by the British Government will evidently have the authority to compel witnesses to testify. The inquiry into phone hacking by journalists of the News of the World will be conducted by an august gentleman who gets a lot of respect in the British papers. That would be Your Lordship or Lord Justice Leveson to you. The stern rules of procedure open the prospect of James and Rupert Murdoch answering penetrating questions under oath. Lord Leveson has powers firstly to invite witnesses to give evidence, and then to compel them under the Inquiries Act 2005.Sources close to the inquiry said Lord Justice Leveson would not be constrained in who he asked to testify. Telegraph story.

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