Ex-Murdoch Executive Rebekah Brooks Reportedly Arrested

Ex-Murdoch Executive Rebekah Brooks Reportedly Arrested

London : United Kingdom | Mar 14, 2012 at 3:34 AM PDT
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Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International and a close aide of Rupert Murdoch , was arrested for a second time Tuesday in a phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the British establishment and embarrassed Prime Minister David Cameron.

Scotland Yard said five men and the woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a more serious charge than phone hacking. She is facing a police investigation for illegal hacking of phones by journalists, a probe codenamed Operation Weeting.

A second Scotland Yard statement, issued more than 13 hours after the arrests, said five of the six suspects had been released on bail but were required to return for further questioning in April. The statement said the sixth suspect, a man, remained “in custody at a central London police station” but did not explain why.

Rebekah's husband, Charlie Brooks, a millionaire racehorse owner and columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and News International's head of security, Mark Hanna, were among six people picked up in Tuesday's early morning swoop.

Mrs Brooks, the former editor of The Sun and the News of the World, has been on bail since last summer when she was arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking and corruption.

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Hacking probe: Rebekah Brooks, pictured with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, was first arrested under Operation Weeting last July
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