Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

News of the World's Rebekah Brooks Arrested with Husband

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

News of the World's Rebekah Brooks Arrested with Husband

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Rebekah Brooks and her husband were arrested today on suspicion of attempting to thwart Scotland Yard's investigation into last year's phone-hacking scandal.

- A roundup of reports

Rebekah Brooks, the former executive editor of the now-defunct News of the World who was forced to resign amid this summer's phone hacking scandal, has been arrested by police for a second time, according to the Associated Press.

The arrest of Mrs. Brooks and her husband - along with new testimony highlighting the questionably tight relationship between Scotland Yard and the News of the World - threatens to once again ensnare Prime Minister David Cameron, who is friends with the couple, in corruption scandal.

Brooks and her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, are among six people arrested today on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in connection with Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting, the investigation into the phone hacking that went on at the News of the World and may have occurred at other British tabloids, The Guardian reports. Two noneditorial employees of News International, the Murdoch-owned parent company of News of the World, were also arrested - one of whom is reported to be Mark Hanna, News International's head of security, the Financial Times reports.

Brooks and her husband were reportedly arrested near their Oxfordshire home and taken to separate police stations for questioning, according to The Telegraph. The Week of Britain writes that the questioning is "thought likely to center on reports last year that after Rebekah Brooks was first arrested [in July 2011] over alleged phone-hacking, her husband tried to reclaim a bag containing a laptop computer, mobile phone and private papers."

In that incident, the bag was discovered in a garage dumpster under a gated community where Brooks owns an apartment. …

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