Another British police officer resigns over phone-hacking scandal

July 18th, 2011 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 18 (IANS) A day after Britain’s Metropolitan Police chief stepped down following the phone hacking scandal, Scotland Yard’s top counter-terrorism officer John Yates also resigned over the same scandal.

“Assistant commissioner John Yates has this afternoon indicated his intention to resign to the chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). This has been accepted. AC Yates will make a statement later this afternoon,” The Guardian quoted Scotland Yard as saying in a statement.

Yates’s decision to quit came as the Metropolitan Police Authority’s professional standards cases subcommittee held a meeting to consider a slew of complaints against him.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said the resignations of Yates and Stephenson were “regrettable but right”.

“Whatever mistakes have been made at any level in the police service, now is the time to clear them up,” he said.

The MPA disciplinary committee, which met Monday morning, announced that it had decided to suspend Yates pending an inquiry into allegations following the phone-hacking scandal.

On Sunday, the former News International chief executive and ex-editor of News of World (Now) Rebekah Brooks was arrested by London police investigating phone hacking and corruption. She was released on bail early Monday.

She was arrested by police probing the allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World and alleged bribing of police officers for leaking sensitive information.

Brooks is a close aide of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns News International.

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