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Solicitor General to look into News of the World phone-hacking

Solicitor General Vera Baird will examine the News of the World phone-hacking case, reports the Inde

Britain's second most senior lawyer will look into the possible collusion between the newspaper and police. Baird told the paper that she will examine whether or not the Crown Prosecution Service has convicted the criminals using the illegal phone-tap evidence obtained by the News of the World.

When Tom Watson, a Labour member of the culture, media and sport committee, raised the issue in the House of Commons on Thursday, Baird reportedly said that she is not sure if the connection has been made. However, it is understood that she personally believes the Crown Prosecution Service has not successfully prosecuted cases on the basis of police files that were compiled using evidence illegally obtained by the News of the World.

Last month, the culture, media and sport committee criticised John Yates, Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner, for failing to provide the MPs with more detailed evidence on the News of the World's phone-hacking case. Following this, MPs have expressed fears of collusion between the News of the World and the police, though there is no evidence supporting this so far.