Ex-editor fights for phone hacking legal fees

2012-05-08 10:15

A former tabloid editor who was once the British prime minister’s media aide is appealing a court decision that said Rupert Murdoch’s News International can refuse to pay his legal fees.

Andy Coulson is fighting his former employers News International to force them to pay any potential legal costs in an ongoing investigation into phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid where he was once editor.

The high court ruled in December that News International was not obliged to pay Coulson’s legal costs.

Coulson would be challenging the ruling at London’s Court of Appeal today.

News International subsidiary News Group Newspapers stopped paying Coulson’s legal costs in August last year, a month after he was arrested and released on bail in the phone hacking case.

He has not been charged.

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