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British Police Make Another Arrest in Phone-Hacking Scandal

Police in Britain have arrested another person in connection with the phone-hacking scandal involving journalists at the now-defunct British tabloid newspaper News of the World.

The Metropolitan police say the 71-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning at a police station in north London.  Several British news organizations, including The Guardian newspaper and Sky TV, identified the man as Stuart Kuttner, who resigned in 2009 as the newspaper’s managing editor.

He was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept communications, or phone-hacking, and bribing police.

Ten other people have been arrested in connection with the scandal.  They include former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, who went on to head communications for Prime Minister David Cameron before resigning in January.  

News of the World shut down last month after allegations that journalists illegally accessed the cellphone voicemails of hundreds of celebrities, politicians, rival journalists and even murder victims.  Employees of the newspaper also are suspected of bribing police for information.

Also Tuesday, a British court gave a six-week sentence to a man who threw a foam pie at media mogul Rupert Murdoch while he gave testimony to parliament in connection with the phone-hacking scandal.

Jonathan May-Bowles pleaded guilty to assaulting Murdoch during the hearing last month.

News of the World was one of several news and entertainment outlets that were part of Murdoch's worldwide media conglomerate News Corporation.


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters..

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