Rebekah Brooks is thought to have been arrested by police today follwing nvestigions of phone hacking by the News of the World and allegations of bribary of police officers.
The Metropolitan police have confirmed that a 43-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday by appointment at a London police station.
Rebekah Brooks resigned last Friday as News International’s chief executive.She was a former editor of News of the World when the allegations of phone-hacking took place and is very close friends of Rupert Murdoch the papers proprietor and head of News Corporation; and the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Brooks is due to give evidence before MPs on the culture select committee on Tuesday.
In a statement the Met said: “The MPS [Metropolitan police service] has this afternoon, Sunday 17 July, arrested a female in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.
“At approximately 12.00 a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting [phone hacking investigation] together with officers from Operation Elveden [bribing of police officers investigation]. She is currently in custody.
“She was arrested 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 Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking.
“Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police. This investigation is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding these cases at this time.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Murdoch, sporting a white panama-style hat, sat in the front passenger seat of a red Range Rover intently reading a copy of the final edition of the best-selling newspaper he had closed only hours earlier to try to contain the spreading crisis.
“The World’s greatest newspaper 1843-2011,” said the front page, held up for all to see. “Thank you and goodbye.”
Newspaper staff had departed, amid scenes of cheering and emotion at the same London complex, in the early hours. Many employees saw themselves as having been sacrificed by Murdoch to save his broader business interests.
But Murdoch was signaling he was not bowed. He has already made clear he has no intention of yielding to criticism and removing senior executives, nor of giving up his proposed multi-billion-dollar buyout of British broadcaster BSkyB.
The newspaper he held high had a particular symbolic significance for Murdoch. It was the first British newspaper he bought, in 1969, and the cornerstone of what became a huge media empire with political influence that, with the hacking scandal, has become the subject of much soul-searching in Britain.
source : London, Reuters