Murdoch ex-legal chief held over phone-hacking - reports

Fri, Aug 31, 2012, 01:00

LondonTom Crone, a former senior legal executive at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business, has been arrested by police investigating allegations of phone-hacking by journalists, media reported yesterday.

London police confirmed they had arrested a 60-year-old man at his home in southwest London on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, but declined to name him.

However Mr Crone, the former legal chief of Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid on which the police inquiry is centred, was the arrested man, according to Sky News, part of Murdoch’s News Corp group, and other media outlets.

Eight senior figures at the now-defunct News of the World have been charged with conspiring to hack phones, including former editor and prime minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, who oversaw Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, News International. Detectives have arrested 25 people as part of the phone-hacking inquiry, and have held more than 50 others in related inquiries. – (Reuters)