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New court moves involving Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed and the “cash for questions” libel action which ended in defeat for former MP Neil Hamilton are now under way, says Harrods. Lawyers for Al Fayed are gearing up for a further hearing in a bid to ensure that Hamilton complies with the trial judge’s order […]

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