News of the World’s ex-managing editor arrested

August 3rd, 2011 - 12:44 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 2 (IANS) Stuart Kuttner, ex-managing editor of the News of the World (NoW) and its most vocal public defender for 22 years, was arrested Tuesday.

Kuttner, 71, the public face of the NoW has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone hacking and of bribing police officers to leak sensitive information, The Guardian reported.

As managing editor until his resignation in July 2009, Kuttner was in charge of finances at the now-defunct tabloid.

Kuttner was reportedly unaware that he was going to be taken into custody when he arrived by appointment at a police station in London Tuesday at 11 a.m. for questioning over the phone-hacking scandal.

Police from both Operation Weeting (the investigation into phone hacking) and Elveden (the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police), are understood to have arrested Kuttner.

Kuttner is believed to have been arrested on the same allegations that Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor and ex-News International chief executive, faces since her arrest last month.

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