Wednesday, October 5, 2011

#hackgate :#Leveson inquiry: Charlotte Church asks to be 'core participant'

Lawyer says singer and former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames should play leading part in phone-hacking inquiry

Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church has asked to be a 'core participant' in the Leveson inquiry. Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
Lawyers acting for singer Charlotte Church and former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames have added their names to the list of alleged phone-hacking victims who want to play a leading role in the Leveson inquiry.

David Sherborne, who is acting for 48 victims allegedly targeted by the News of the World, informed Lord Justice Leveson at the high court in London that Church and Hames are applying for "core participant" status, which would give them full access to all witness statements and related documents presented to the inquiry.

Leveson was presiding over a second hearing to determine how the inquiry will be run. He revealed that it is unlikely to start taking evidence from witnesses until the second week of November.