From Al Jazeera:
Brooks quizzed in phone hacking probe
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2011 00:43
British police arrested the 43-year-old Brooks earlier on Sunday as part of an investigation into allegations of illegal voicemail interception and police bribery.
This video from Britain is called Dowler Lawyer Mark Lewis ‘The Timing of Rebekah Brooks Arrest Stinks’.
From British daily News Line today:
BROOKS ARRESTED! – ‘TIMING STINKS’ SAYS DOWLER FAMILY LAWYER
Brooks is due to appear before the House of Commons Culture and Media Committee tomorrow. The lawyer for murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s family said the timing of the arrest ‘stinks’.
Mark Lewis said: ‘The arrest was made by appointment. One has to ask when the appointment was made because obviously Mrs Brooks has said she is due to appear before the select committee on Tuesday.’
He added: ‘Undoubtedly she will have the opportunity on Tuesday at the select committee to say I’m sorry I can’t answer that because of the fact I am under police investigation.’
He said: ‘One has to ask the police when that appointment was made.’
He insisted: ‘The timing stinks. It gives the impression that questions can’t be answered.’
Commentators were saying yesterday that Brooks’ arrest was a case of the police getting their own back over allegations of Commissioner Paul Stephenson’s relations with ex-News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis.
Home Office minister James Brokenshire said yesterday that Home Secretary Theresa May is planning to make a statement to parliament today about the relationship between the Met Police and Chamy Media, the firm run by Wallis, who was also arrested last week.
Brokenshire said that May ‘does have some concerns still in relation to the Metropolitan Police’s relationship with Chamy Media’.
Murdoch’s Sunday Times reported yesterday that Met Commissioner Stephenson and his wife accepted 20 nights on full board, free, at luxury health spa Champneys as he was recuperating from hospital treatment earlier this year.
Stephenson says he was unaware that the Champneys publicist was Neil Wallis.
Shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, told the Andrew Marr show: ‘There is a cloud created over the Met as a result of this. And I do think both the Met leadership and also the home secretary need to take some action now.
‘She should be demanding full disclosure. She should be setting out what action the Met needs to take in order to restore that confidence.’
Arrest of Rebekah Brooks takes hacking probe one step closer to the Murdochs: here.
The Tommy Sheridan trial and the Murdoch criminal empire: here.
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has had a “dangerous” influence on British politics and must be broken up, Labour leader Ed Miliband urged: here.
Parliament set to be recalled as Cameron’s Coulson links face fresh scrutiny: here.
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- Session Update: Rebekah Brooks Found (ncscnews.wordpress.com)
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