UK law-enforcement watchdog arrests ex-police officer in bribery, phone-hacking probe – The Washington Post
It added the arrest came after Scotland Yard passed on information relating to its investigation into illegal payments to police officers for information. That probe has now led to nine arrests and is linked to Britain’s investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid.
Rupert Murdoch closed the 168-year-old tabloid in July following revelations that journalists there eavesdropped on the cell phone voice mail messages of celebrities, politicians and crime victims.
More than a dozen journalists have been arrested in the hacking scandal, senior executives with Murdoch’s News Corp. global media empire have lost their jobs, and top U.K. police officers have resigned over their failure to tackle the problem. So far no one has been charged in the latest investigations.
Prime Minister David Cameron also set up an inquiry last year into media ethics in response to the scandal. His spokesman Steve Field said Tuesday that Cameron will give evidence there if asked — but added that Cameron so far has not been asked.
Cameron’s communications chief, Andy Coulson, resigned last year over the phone hacking scandal. Coulson had been editor of News of the World when a reporter and a private investigator working for the paper were jailed for phone hacking in 2007. Coulson is one of those arrested in the scandal and on bail.