Murdoch underling Rebekah Brooks arrested


Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and the phone hacking scandal

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From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Rebekah Brooks arrested over phone-hacking allegations

Metropolitan police say 43-year-old woman, believed to be Rebekah Brooks, was arrested by appointment at a London police station

Vikram Dodd, crime correspondent

Sunday 17 July 2011 13.43 BST

Rebekah Brooks has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World and allegations that police officers were bribed to leak sensitive information. The Metropolitan police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested at noon on Sunday, by appointment at a London police station.

Brooks, 43, resigned on Friday as News International‘s chief executive. She is a former News of the World editor and was close to Rupert Murdoch and the prime minister David Cameron.

Brooks was due to give evidence before MPs on the home affairs select committee on Tuesday.

An arrest by appointment on a Sunday by police is unusual.

In a statement the Met said: “The MPS has this afternoon, Sunday 17 July, arrested a female in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.

“At approximately 12:00 a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting [phone hacking investigation] together with officers from Operation Elveden [bribing of police officers investigation]. She is currently in custody.

“She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

“The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking.

“Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police. This investigation is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

“It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding these cases at this time.”

Now, how about arresting James and Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks’ bosses?

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