Stuart Kuttner held in phone hacking scandal inquiry

LONDON — Stuart Kuttner, the former managing editor of the News Of The World, has become the latest senior News Int’l. exec to be arrested by British police as part of its investigation into phone hacking and police bribery.

Kuttner, 71, who retired in 2009 after 22 years as the paper’s managing editor, was arrested by appointment at a London police station.

He had recently returned from the U.S., where he was reportedly being treated for a serious illness.

He was taken into custody and questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, and on suspicion of corruption.

As managing editor, Kuttner was in charge of finances at the News Of The World. Rebekah Brooks, the former News Intl chief executive and former editor of the News Of The World, told a parliamentary committee last month that the managing editor was responsible for payments to private investigators.

The Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations that private investigators were used by News Of The World reporters and editors to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and crime victims, and that police officers were bribed for information.

The police have previously arrested and questioned 10 other News Intl. executives, including Brooks and Andy Coulson, another ex-News Of The World editor who later served as communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron.

None has yet been charged, and all have been released on bail.

In an unrelated development, Jonathan May-Bowles has been sentenced to six weeks in jail for throwing a foam pie at Rupert Murdoch during his questioning by a parliamentary committee.

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