Family gets $3.2 mil; Murdoch gives $1.6 mil to charities

LONDON — It has been confirmed that the family of the murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked by News of the World journalists, are to receive a £2 million ($3.2 million) payout from News International, the paper’s publisher.

Additionally, Rupert Murdoch will personally give £1 million ($1.6 million) to six charities selected by the Dowlers.

In a statement, Murdoch said: “When I met with the Dowlers in July, I expressed how deeply sorry I was for the hurt we had caused the family.

“The behavior that the News of the World exhibited towards the Dowlers was abhorrent and I hope this donation underscores my regret for the company’s role in this awful event.

“I also hope that through the personal donation something positive can be done in memory of their daughter.”

Meanwhile it has emerged that British police investigating the murder knew nine years ago that voice-mails left on her cell-phone had been intercepted by the News of the World, but took no action.

It was the revelation in July by the Guardian newspaper that Milly’s phone had been hacked by the Murdoch-owned paper that escalated the hacking scandal into front-page news across the British press and beyond.

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