British police bail ex-Murdoch paper executive

11th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police have bailed a former news editor of the News of the World on suspicion of phone hacking, the latest executive from the paper to be questioned over the scandal, Scotland Yard said Thursday.

Greg Miskiw, 61, was arrested by appointment at a London police station on Wednesday, the 12th person detained in connection with the controversy at the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sunday tabloid, which was closed down last month.

London's Metropolitan Police said he was arrested on suspicion of unlawful interception of communications and suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

"He has subsequently been released on bail to a date in October pending further enquiries," the statement said.

Miskiw worked at the News of the World under former editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, who were both arrested last month on suspicion of phone hacking.

He left the paper in 2005 and had recently been living in Florida but said last month that he planned to return to Britain.

Murdoch's News Corporation media empire has come under huge pressure from the phone hacking scandal, which prompted the mogul's decision on July 7 to axe the News of the World, which had been Britain's biggest-selling weekly.

The long-running hacking scandal escalated into a crisis last month after claims the paper hacked the phone of a murdered teenager.

Police began investigating phone hacking in 2006, a probe which resulted in the jailing of the News of the World's royal editor and a private investigator. Despite a steady stream of new claims, police did not reopen the probe until January.

© 2011 AFP

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