News International Ex-Chief Brooks Reported Arrested

July 17, 2011

NPR Staff and Wires

British broadcaster Sky News is reporting that former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested.

According to the Associated Press, British police arrested a 43-year-old woman Sunday in the investigation of phone hacking charges by the defunct tabloid, News of the World.

Police said the woman was arrested at a London police station at noon on Sunday by appointment. She is being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption.

They would not confirm a Sky News report that the woman is Brooks, who stepped down Friday as head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers.

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