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Rebekah Brooks bailed as hacking scandal widens

Published on 18 Jul. 2011 11:21 PM IST
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The Metropolitan police put no allegations to Rebekah Brooks during nine hours of interviews, her solicitor said on Monday, as he described the decision to arrest her as causing “enormous reputational damage”.
Stephen Parkinson, of law firm Kingsley Napley, said the former News International chief executive was not shown documents connecting her to any crime during questioning on Sunday.
It was also confirmed on Monday that Brooks will definitely appear before MPs on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee on Tuesday to be quizzed about the phone hacking affair. She will answer MPs’ questions from 3.30pm, with Rupert and James Murdoch appearing at 2.30pm. “The position of Rebekah Brooks can be simply stated: She is not guilty of any criminal offence,” Parkinson said. “The position of the Metropolitan police is less easy to understand. Despite arresting her yesterday and conducting an interview process lasting nine hours, they put no allegations to her, and showed her no documents connecting her with any crime.
“They will in due course have to give an account of their actions, and in particular their decision to arrest her, with the enormous reputational damage that this has involved.
“In the meantime, Mrs Brooks has an appointment with the culture, media and sport select committee tomorrow. She remains willing to attend and to answer questions.
“It is a matter for parliament to decide what issues to put to her and whether her appointment should take place at a later date.”
Brooks was arrested by Scotland Yard and bailed after being questioned for several hours yesterday.
The Met declined to comment.

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