British police make new phone-hacking arrest

2nd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police investigating phone hacking on Tuesday arrested a 71-year-old man, the 11th person detained in connection with the scandal that has rocked media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire.

The unnamed man was detained at a north London police station by officers investigating mobile phone hacking and alleged police bribery, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

"Officers from Operation Weeting together with officers from Operation Elveden arrested a man on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications... and on suspicion of corruption allegations," said the statement.

"The male was arrested by appointment at a north London police station. He is currently in custody."

Operation Weeting is the name of the Metropolitan Police's phone-hacking investigation and Operation Elveden is the probe into alleged police corruption.

Several journalists from Murdoch's News of the World tabloid, which was axed last month amid the phone-hacking scandal, and the paper's publisher News International have been arrested over alleged phone hacking or police bribery.

The tabloid's ex-editor Andy Coulson, who also worked as Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief until January, was arrested and released on bail last month, as was Rebekah Brooks, the ex-head of News International.

Brooks was forced to resign as News International chief executive several days before her arrest.

The scandal has torn through Australian-born Murdoch's empire, prompting the resignation of several of his key aides.

© 2011 AFP

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