By Dave Hyland in Britain:
Fresh arrests of police, journalists, public officials in UK hacking/bribery scandal
9 July 2012
There were further arrests last week in connection to the illegal payments and phone hacking scandal that has rocked the British political establishment.
To date police operations had mainly revolved around the News International media empire of Rupert Murdoch. The arrest of an employee from rival Trinity group of newspapers signals a widening of police investigations.
On Wednesday morning former Daily Mirror journalist Greig Box-Turnbull, 37, who worked for Trinity Mirror until taking voluntary redundancy in March, was arrested. Also arrested were a 46-year-old prison worker and a 50-year-old woman, on suspicion of corruption, conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office.
Newly discovered email sent by News International executive has ‘enormous significance’ for phone hacking investigation: here.
More journalists arrested
Wednesday 11 July 2012
Two journalists were arrested today in connection with corrupt payments to public officials.
Scotland Yard said its officers detained a 37-year-old man in Kent and 24-year-old man in south-east London at approximately 6am this morning.
They are being questioned at separate police stations on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, the Metropolitan Police said.
The latest arrests yesterday mean that 41 people have been arrested by detectives in Operation Elveden, the investigation into suspected corrupt payments to public officials.
Rebekah Brooks in court for hacking case
LEGAL: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks appeared in court today to face charges linked to alleged phone hacking.
Ms Brooks was at Westminster magistrates’ court accused over an alleged conspiracy to illegally access voicemails.
She appeared in the dock to face one general charge, which prosecutors claim could affect more than 600 victims, and two other specific charges linked to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and former union leader Andrew Gilchrist.
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