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New arrest in NOTW phone hacking investigation

Police in London have arrested a man believed to have been a key figure at News International.

Image: AP Photo/Matt Dunham

AN UNNAMED man has been arrested in the ongoing investigation into allegations of phone hacking made against the News of the World.

The Guardian reports that the man had gone to a London police station for an 11am appointment and had not been aware he would be arrested. Sean O’Neill of the Times says the arrested man is believed to be former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 71.

The Guardian also reports that the man, understood to have been a key figure at News International, was arrested on suspicion of the same charges that former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks faces: corruption and the conspiracy to intercept communications.

Brooks is one of several former NOTW staff members who have been arrested and released on bail and the man arrested today is also expected to be released on bail.

Brooks and News International owner Rupert Murdoch have apologised to the victims of phone hacking, which may include the parents of child murder victims, the families of British servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the relatives of people killed in the London bombings.

The scandal led to the closure of the News of the World after 168 years in print and prompted News Corporation’s withdrawal of its bid for a takeover of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

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