Monday, May 21, 2012

#Leveson #pressreform:7/7 bombing victim sues News of the World publisher

Professor John Tulloch is second victim of terrorist attack to take action against News International
Phone hacking: 7/7 victim professor John Tulloch is to sue the former publisher of teh News of the World. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
A victim of the 7/7 London bombings is suing the publisher of the News of the World after police said his voicemails were targeted by the now-closed Sunday tabloid.

Professor John Tulloch, one of the most high-profile survivors of the terror attacks in 2006, is the second 7/7 victim to take legal action against News International over phone hacking.

Tulloch filed his legal claim at the high court last Tuesday against News International and Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator formerly employed by the News of the World.

The professor, a former sociology lecturer at Brunel University, became the public face for many 7/7 victims in the aftermath of the attacks after he was pictured emerging bloody and burnt from Edgware Road tube station.

The News of the World put Tulloch at the heart of its campaign for increased compensation for survivors of the London attacks when the professor said he had received just £10 from the government.

Tulloch sat three feet from the bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan on a tube train in which six fellow passengers were killed among the 52 fatalities that day.

He told the News of the World in an article published on 9 October 2005: "I was one of the lucky ones. My heart goes out to those who suffered appalling injuries and need constant ongoing care. I'm so grateful for the News of the World campaign. It's very important to make sure compensation is adequate for all concerned."

Tulloch becomes the second victim of the attacks to sue over phone hacking, after Sheila Henry, the mother of Christian Small who was killed that day, took legal action last year.

Graham Foulkes, whose son David died in the Edgware Road blast, and Paul Dadge, who helped survivors on the day, both said last year that they have been told by police detectives from Operation Weeting that their names appear in Mulcaire's notebooks.

News International declined to comment.