UK's top court to hear case of hacking private eye

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LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court says it will hear the case of a private investigator who is fighting to keep secret who told him to hack phones on behalf of the News of the World tabloid.

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed briefly in 2007 for eavesdropping on the phones of royal aides, and police have found the names of hundreds of other potential victims in his notes.

Comedian Steve Coogan is suing Mulcaire and Rupert Murdoch's newspaper company, and wants Mulcaire to reveal who asked him to intercept voicemail messages.

Mulcaire wants to use the traditional privilege against self-incrimination to avoid doing so, but earlier this month the Court of Appeal ordered him to disclose the names.

The Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear Mulcaire's case on May 9 and 10.

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