Arrest of former News Int'l. exec comes in wake of alleged hacking
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News Corporation’s Brit newspaper division News International, was arrested on Sunday in London in relation to the News of the World phone-hacking allegations.
The London Metropolitan Police confirmed that Brooks was arrested at noon on Sunday by appointment at a London police station on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations.
Brooks, a former editor of News Intl.’s the News of the World and The Sun, resigned from her post as CEO for the company on Friday, after more than 11 days of political and public outrage surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. papers.
Brooks was editor of the News of the World, which shuttered after 168 years on July 10, when a private investigator was allegedly hired by the tabloid at the paper to hack the voicemail of murdered teenager Milly Dowler back in 2002.
The investigator is suspected to have listened to Dowler’s messages and deleted some of them to free up space for more messages, which led her family to believe she may still be alive.
Brooks, who has been close the Murdoch family during her 22-year career at News Intl. and has been seen socializing with Blighty’s current Prime Minister David Cameron, was due to give evidence to a select committee of members of Parliament on Tuesday.
However, this arrest could provide Brooks the out to refuse to give evidence to the committee for reasons that she could claim that doing so would interfere with the police inquiry.
This marks the 10th arrest of the ongoing investigation into News Int.’s alleged illegal phone hacking and police bribery.
Former editor Andy Coulson, who also served as Cameron’s director of communications until January when he resigned, was arrested last week along with a slew of former editors and reporters.
So far, no one has been charged.