Police arrest Murdoch underling Rebekah Brooks

This video from the British Parliament is called Rebekah Brooks admits to paying police.

It says about itself:

9 April 2011

Rebekah Brooks (neé Wade) admitting to paying police for information, before Andy Coulson

Coulson is another Rupert Murdoch underling and David Cameron associate, involved in the phone hacking scandal

silences her. This was in front of a select committee in March, 2003.

“We have paid the police for information in the past.”

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Rebekah Brooks among six arrested in phone-hacking investigation

Former Sun editor held by Operation Weeting detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice

Vikram Dodd and Josh Halliday

Tuesday 13 March 2012 11.00 GMT

Rebekah Brooks is among six people arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, as part of the investigation into phone hacking.

The former News International chief executive was arrested at her home in Oxfordshire by detectives from Operation Weeting. Sources also said that her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, was arrested.

The Metropolitan police refused to confirm the names of those arrested, but said that a 43-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man had been held. News International and the lawyer for Brooks declined to comment on the reports.

This morning’s arrests took place between 5am and 7am at addresses in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. …

Brooks was also previously arrested on 17 July last year on appointment at a London police station 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 former Sun and News of the World editor was held in the summer 48 hours after she resigned as News International‘s chief executive.

Rebekah Brooks became editor of the News of the World in 2000, before moving to the same position at the Sun in 2003. A close confident of Rupert Murdoch in her time at the titles, she was elevated to become chief executive at News International in 2009, until she was forced to resign in July of last year as hacking allegations mounted in the wake of the revelation that a phone belonging to missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler was targeted.

Both Rebekah and Charlie Brooks are close Oxfordshire neighbours of David Cameron. Their friendship with the prime minister came under fresh scrutiny recently after Cameron admitted he did ride a retired police horse lent to Rebekah Brooks by Scotland Yard in 2008. Cameron described his fellow Old Etonian Charlie Brooks as “a friend of mine of 30 years’ standing“, but attempted to draw a line under the so-called “Horsegate” saga when he said he had not been riding with Brooks since the 2010 election.

See also here. And here.

Sun reporter claims Rebekah Brooks gave him tips before criminal trial: here.

From the Financial Times in Britain:

Two senior reporters at The Sun have apparently attempted to commit suicide as the police intensify their scrutiny of alleged illegal journalistic practices at News International.

Five UK phone hacking defendants, including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, lose bid to block their prosecutions: here.

‘My personal life was a bit of a car crash’, Rebekah Brooks tells phone hacking trial: here.

Hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks challenged over her role in company ‘cover-up’: here.

Phone hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks questioned over affair with deputy: here.

Brooks a ‘complete fool’ if she did not realise payments were for public official. Sun editor ‘must have known’ about identity of reporter’s number one military contact, Old Bailey jury told: here.

Rebekah Brooks about to be rehired by Rupert Murdoch for US operation: here.

In another move calculated to show how he is able to act with impunity, billionaire oligarch Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate behind Twenty-First Century Fox and News Corp, has reinstated Rebekah Brooks as CEO of News UK: here.

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32 thoughts on “Police arrest Murdoch underling Rebekah Brooks

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    A 2004 letter was shown as evidence in which Ms Brooks wrote to Mr Coulson: “I’ve been waiting six years for you.” The trial was adjourned until 11.30am on Monday.



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    Ms Brooks, husband Charlie Brooks and News International security chief are accused of concealing or destroying evidence from police.

    Prosecutors said they took advantage of being given forward notice to hide evidence.



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