Police to question Brooks over phone hacking: report

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Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International and a former editor of the News of the World, will be questioned by police over phone hacking, it was reported late Saturday.

The Sunday Telegraph website said Brooks would be asked to explain what she knew about hacking and illegal payments to police when she was editor of the weekly tabloid newspaper between 2000 and 2003.

The claim came as the final edition of the News of the World went to print, after owner Rupert Murdoch closed it down following allegations that staff there had hacked the phones of murdered children and dead soldiers' families.

Brooks has always denied any wrongdoing and has Murdoch's strong backing.

"Weve been told that Rebekah will be questioned by the police in connection with their inquiries over the conspiracy to hack phones and making payments to officers," a senior News International source told the Sunday Telegraph.

"There has been contact from the police to prepare the company for this.

"There is a lot of anger here that she has seemed to be untouched by the fallout that is seeing good, innocent journalists lose their jobs, but it was always going to be a matter of time before the police turned to her."

News International said it had no comment on the report.

Brooks' successor as editor of the News of the World, Andy Coulson, was arrested by police on Friday and questioned for nine hours about phone hacking and alleged payments to police, before being released on bail.

© 2011 AFP

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