Ex-Murdoch editor Brooks arrested again over hacking

Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:08pm EDT
 
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By Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, a former editor and close confidante of Rupert Murdoch, was arrested for a second time on Tuesday in a phone-hacking scandal that has rocked the British establishment and embarrassed Prime Minister David Cameron.

A source familiar with the situation said Brooks and her husband Charlie, a close friend of Cameron, were detained by police at dawn and had been taken for questioning at separate police stations.

They were held on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice in the long-running saga and were among six people arrested in coordinated raids across Britain.

Brooks, her husband and three others were later released on police bail until a date in April.

The 43-year-old former News of the World editor, instantly recognizable for her long red hair, was arrested in July over different allegations but only after she arrived at a London police station by appointment.

News Corp, Murdoch's media empire, owned the now-defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid at the centre of the investigations. It declined to comment on the arrests although it did confirm that Mark Hanna, the head of security at its British newspaper arm, had also been held.

The police did not name those it had arrested.

Conspiring to pervert the course of justice, which in this investigation has meant the destruction of email evidence, could result in a more lengthy jail sentence than that handed down for hacking into mobile phones to search for gossip and story ideas.   Continued...

 
Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, listens to speeches during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, northern England in this October 6, 2009, file photo. REUTERS/Phil Noble