Rebekah Brooks arrested?

July 17th, 2011 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

David Cameron London, July 17 (IANS) Police investigating the News of the World phone hacking scandal Sunday arrested a 43-year-old woman who is believed to be Rebekah Brooks, ex-chief executive of News International and close aide of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a media report said Sunday evening.

The Guardian report said further details would be made available soon.

Brooks, the embattled chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper operations, resigned Friday following days of mounting political pressure over the phone-hacking scandal.

The News of the World tabloid, of which she is an ex-editor, is accused of hacking into phones of crime victims, celebrities and politicians.

Police identified 4,000 possible targets, causing owner Murdoch to order its closure. The paper, which had a run of 168 years, shut July 10.

In January 2007, royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were both jailed for plotting to intercept voice mail messages.

Mulcaire had hacked into teenage murder victim Milly Dowler’s mobile phone and then deleted messages.

The phone-hacking scandal caused an uproar in Britain and it led British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday to tell parliament that a “firestorm” was engulfing parts of the media, and police and those who had committed the phone hacking offences must be prosecuted.

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