Murdered British girl's family in phone-hacking payout

19th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The owners of the now-defunct News of the World will pay about three million pounds to the family of the murdered girl at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal in Britain, reports said Monday.

Milly Dowler's family will receive two million pounds (2.3 million euros, 3.1 million dollars) and News International will also make a donation of one million pounds to charity as part of the settlement, Sky News reported.

A News International spokesman confirmed on Monday that the company "was in advanced negotiations with the Dowler family regarding their compensation settlement.

"No final agreement has yet been reached, but we hope to conclude the discussions as quickly as possible," added the statement.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World was shut down in August after a public outcry when it emerged a private investigator working for the Sunday tabloid hacked into the dead girl's voicemail after she went missing in 2002.

The 13-year-old's remains were found six months later in a forest.

© 2011 AFP

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