Rebekah Brooks called to UK press ethics inquiry

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 10:16 am •  Published: May 1, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor and Rupert Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks will testify next week at Britain's media ethics inquiry, organizers announced Thursday.

Brooks, who resigned in July as head of Murdoch's British newspaper operation, is one of the central figures in the scandal over tabloid phone hacking that is shaking the country and Murdoch's News Corp. She has twice been arrested and questioned by police about illegal eavesdropping and obstruction of justice.

Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry said Brooks will appear May 11. She is likely to be asked about her business and personal ties to senior police officers and politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who became Cameron's communications chief, also will testify next week. He resigned early this year as the scandal intensified.

Detectives investigating allegations of law breaking stemming from the hacking scandal on Thursday arrested a retired London officer on suspicion of misconduct in public office.

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