British police arrests Rebekah Brooks over phone-hacking scandal

08:36, July 18, 2011      

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Sunday newspapers are displayed for sale at a petrol station in London July 17, 2011. Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business, mired in a widening scandal stemming from phone hacking, pledged on Sunday to fully cooperate with inquiries by police, who themselves are under mounting pressure for being too close to his media empire. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

News International's former Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks was arrested on Sunday by police investigating allegations of corruption and phone hacking, Sky News reported.

Brooks, 43, went to a London police station by appointment and remains in custody on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and corruption allegations.

"Rebekah is assisting the police with their enquiries. She attended a London police station voluntarily," her spokesman said, adding she was informed about a prearranged interview with the police on Friday.

Brooks was editor of News of the World during the period of 2002-2003 and resigned on Friday over hacking scandals led to closure of the best selling Sunday newspaper, attached to News International in Britain.

Brooks is scheduled to appear in front of the Commons media select committee alongside Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation and his son James Murdoch on Tuesday to answer questions on the hacking scandal.

After Brooks was arrested, committee chairman John Whittingdale said he did not know if she would be present.

Brooks is the 10th person to be arrested in connection with the phone-hacking scandal since officers reopened their investigation earlier this year.

Source: Xinhua
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