Sunday, March 11, 2012

#Leveson Inquiry:Conman Peter Foster told by police his phone was hacked by News International during Cheriegate


Peter Foster has said he will take legal action
Peter Foster has said he will take legal action

Notorious Australian conman Peter Foster has been told by Federal Police that his mobile phone was hacked during the infamous Cheriegate scandal in 2001.

Two Federal officers called at his home on Australia's Gold Coast to advise him that details of phone calls he and his mother, Louise, had made at the height of Cheriegate had been found on computers siezed under Operation Weeting.

As a result 39-year-old Mr Foster said today that he is retaining lawyers in London to start legal action against Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers.

Confirmation of phone hacking involving Mr Foster follows the announcement last month that Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, had launched legal action over phone hacking against the NGN media empire.

'I always suspected that my phone was hacked after I telephoned the editor of the News of the World, Rebekah Wade,' said Mr Foster, who has been jailed on three continents for offences involving weight loss products and a property transaction.
'Until then, no-one in the media knew my private mobile number.

'She was the only one in the media who I ever mistakenly called from it and once she had it I believe she had private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to hack my phone messages.'

Mr Mulcaire was jailed in 2007 for phone hacking on behalf of the now-closed News of the World.

'When the media found out that Cherie Blair was pregnant and miscarried and that their daughter had allegedly tried self harm, I think my girlfriend, Carole Caplin, and Cherie and Tony Blair, suspected that I had leaked the news,' said Mr Foster.

'It caused a great deal of friction and heartache for all concerned.'

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