Rebekah Brooks is thought to have been arrested by police today follwing nvestigions of phone hacking by the News of the World and allegations of bribary of police officers.
The Metropolitan police have confirmed that a 43-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday by appointment at a London police station.
Rebekah Brooks resigned last Friday as News International’s chief executive.She was a former editor of News of the World when the allegations of phone-hacking took place and is very close friends of Rupert Murdoch the papers proprietor and head of News Corporation; and the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Brooks is due to give evidence before MPs on the culture select committee on Tuesday.
In a statement the Met said: “The MPS [Metropolitan police service] has this afternoon, Sunday 17 July, arrested a female in connection with allegations of corruption and phone hacking.
“At approximately 12.00 a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station by officers from Operation Weeting [phone hacking investigation] together with officers from Operation Elveden [bribing of police officers investigation]. She is currently in custody.
“She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
“The Operation Weeting team is conducting the new investigation into phone hacking.
“Operation Elveden is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police. This investigation is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“It would be inappropriate to discuss any further details regarding these cases at this time.