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July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Brooks(left) with Murdoch(right)

Rebekah Brooks, the recently resigned CEO of News International, the umbrella group for News Corp’s newspapers in the U.K., voluntarily turned herself in to police today (Sunday) and was arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption. A spokesman for Brooks said that she was arrested “by appointment” when she “attended a London police station to assist the investigation” of the hacking scandal. It was not clear whether she was aware that she was going to be arrested when she appeared for questioning. She was held in custody for more than 12 hours. Brooks resigned as head of NI on Friday maintaining to the end that she was unaware of the telephone hacking that forced News Corp to shut down the 168-year-old News of the World, which she once edited. Her spokesman said that at the time of her resignation, she was not aware that police intended to arrest her. The arrest raises questions about whether the 43-year-old journalist will voluntarily testify before a Parliamentary committee on Tuesday as previously scheduled. Indeed, Chris Bryant, a Labor MP who claims that he was a victim of the hacking and who has been leading the attack on News International in Parliament, told the London Telegraph: “It is unusual to arrest by appointment on a Sunday and that just makes me wonder whether this is some ruse to avoid answering questions properly on Tuesday in the Commons committee.” Earlier Bryant predicted that News Corp executives who have been summoned to testify — they include Rupert Murdoch and his son James — would attempt to dodge questions by citing the ongoing police investigation. Asked about Brooks’s scheduled appearance, her spokesman told today’s (Monday) Guardian: “Over the next 24 to 36 hours her lawyers will have discussions with the select committee to see if it will still be appropriate [to attend]. She certainly wants to.”