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March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks, once regarded as the most powerful woman in the British news media, was questioned by police again today (Thursday) purportedly about new evidence of illegal activity turned over to them by News Corp’s management and standards committee. Brooks was arrested last week on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a charge believed to be related to reports that documents and computers were destroyed in the wake of the investigation into charges that reporters working for News Corp-owned newspapers bribed police and other public officials for “scurrilous” information about celebrities and politicians. The London Daily Telegraph reported that it was “understood” that detectives questioned Brooks about alleged payments made to employees of the Ministry of Defense. Last July, after Brooks was arrested in connection with the voicemail hacking scandal, she resigned as CEO of News International, which had overseen the operations of News of the World, the Sunday tabloid most closely linked to that scandal. The tabloid was shut down, and Brooks, while denying that she was aware of the hacking, resigned. U.S. officials are believed to be closely monitoring the Scotland Yard investigation, seeking to determine whether violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may have occurred. The FCPA bars payments to a foreign official for business purposes. News Corp is an American corporation.