Brooks to testify in Britain over hacking despite arrest

18th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is to testify to British lawmakers Tuesday over the phone-hacking scandal despite her arrest at the weekend, her spokesman said.

Police detained and questioned Brooks, 43, on Sunday on suspicion of phone-hacking and bribing police three days after she resigned as head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm. She was bailed late Sunday.

Her arrest cast doubt on whether she would testify to parliament's media committee Tuesday over the controversy, at an eagerly anticipated hearing where Rupert Murdoch and his son James will also be grilled.

But her spokesman David Wilson confirmed that she would be attending.

"She consulted with her lawyer this morning... and it was decided that she will appear tomorrow," Wilson told AFP.

At a previous hearing in 2003 she admitted the paper had made payments to police.

Brooks was the 10th person and most senior Murdoch aide to be arrested over the scandal.

She was editor of the News International-owned News of the World tabloid, which was axed earlier this month as the scandal gathered pace, from 2000-2003 when phone hacking was alleged to have taken place.

She became the latest figure from Murdoch's News Corp. empire, the parent company of News International, to fall on her sword when she quit Friday.

© 2011 AFP

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