British Police Arrest Four Men in Phone Hacking Scandal

Posted January 28th, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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British police have arrested four men, including one of their own, in the News of the World tabloid's phone hacking scandal.

London police say three suspects were taken into custody early Saturday at their homes in or near London.

The police officer was arrested when he arrived at work Saturday.

The suspects, who range in age from 29 to 56, are being held on a suspicion of corruption and bribery. The men have not been charged.

Police say information provided by the defunct paper's parent company, Murdoch News Corporation, led to the arrests.

Rupert Murdoch's media empire has agreed to pay large payouts to 37 phone-hacking victims, including British actor Jude Law, football player Ashley Cole and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.

The High Court in London heard details of new settlements totaling about $1 million for illegal eavesdropping by Murdoch-owned tabloids on celebrities' phone conversations. The scandal prompted Murdoch to shut the 168-year-old News of the World weekly tabloid last July.