Rebekah Brooks, five others arrested for phone hacking

March 13th, 2012 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 13 (IANS) Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News International group, and her husband were among six people arrested Tuesday in the phone hacking case.

The six were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to change the course of justice in the investigations into allegations of phone hacking, the Telegraph reported.

Brooks and her husband Charlie, a racehorse trainer and Telegraph columnist, were arrested at their home in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Brooks, also a former editor of The Sun, had been on bail after being questioned by police last year on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption.

The others were arrested from London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire.

The co-ordinated arrests were made between 5 and 7 a.m. by officers from Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the illegal interception of voicemails.

Officers also searched their properties.

Tuesday’s arrests took the total number under Operation Weeting to 23. The probe was launched in January 2011.

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