* Private detective hands over names in phone hacking
* Lawyer says will not be revealed before Tuesday
By Tim Castle
LONDON, Aug 26 A private detective jailed for
illegally intercepting voicemail messages on behalf of a
journalist at one of Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids on Friday
gave lawyers the names of the people he says ordered him to
carry out the phone hacking.
Glen Mulcaire's lawyer, Sarah Webb, said no details would be
released before legal moves by her next week to prevent their
publication while a police probe continues into allegations of
phone hacking by the now closed News of the World newspaper.
Disclosure of the names would add pressure on News
International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch's News Corp
and shed further light on how widespread phone hacking
was at the tabloid.
Mulcaire, jailed in 2007 along with paper's royal reporter
Clive Goodman, had been ordered to hand over the details by a
Webb said the document containing the names had been
delivered late on Friday to lawyers representing actor Steve
Coogan, who had sought the disclosure from Mulcaire.
She would not say how many names were contained in the
document. News International had maintained until recently that
phone hacking was limited to a single rogue reporter.
Coogan, represented by lawyers Schillings, believes his
phone voicemail messages were hacked and is suing News
Webb said the document would formally be lodged at London's
High Court on Tuesday, following a public holiday on Monday.
She said Schillings had agreed not to disclose the names
before legal attempts to block publication.
"In conjunction with the Metropolitan Police we at the
moment believe that the names, in the interest of the
administration of justice, should not be released at present.
The matter will be clarified next week," Webb told Reuters.
She said there was a danger that publication could prejudice
any criminal prosecutions launched as a result of the
investigation by London's police service.
Goodman and Mulcaire were convicted in 2007 for illegally
accessing the voicemails of royal aides and five other figures
including the model Ellie Macpherson.
Following civil action from a number of individuals who
believed their phones had been hacked, News International
admitted earlier this year it had evidence the practice was more
widespread, prompting the police inquiry.
Some executives, including Murdoch's son James, chairman of
News International, face accusations they knew about the illegal
activities at a far earlier date than they had previously
Other senior figures, including former editorial staff on
the News of the World, have been arrested by police probing the
allegations the tabloid's journalists illegally intercepted the
voicemails on mobile phones of celebrities, politicians, as well
as victims of crime and their families.
It has also caused embarrassment for Prime Minister David
Cameron whose former media chief Andy Coulson, a former News of
the World editor, is one of those arrested as part of the probe.
News International closed the News of the World in July
following the disclosure that the phone of a missing schoolgirl,
later found murdered, had also been hacked.
(Reporting by Tim Castle; Editing by Matthew Jones)