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British police make new arrest in phone-hacking scandal

A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking, Scotland Yard said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Aug 10, 2011 20:33 IST

A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking, Scotland Yard said on Wednesday. He is the 12th person detained over the scandal tied to media mogul Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct tabloid, the News of the World.

He was arrested after visiting a police station by appointment officers from the Metropolitan Police's hacking investigation, Operation Weeting.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful interception of communications and on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, BBC reported.

The arrested man was identified by AFP as Greg Miskiw, former news editor at the News of the World. Miskiw had said last month that he was planning to return to Britain from his home in Florida for questioning.

The phone-hacking scandal prompted the closure of the News of the World last month.

Police have been investigating claims the newspaper illegally tapped the phone messages of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims.

Among those arrested so far in the phone-hacking case are former News of the World editors Andy Coulson, who quit as Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief in January, and Rebekah Brooks, who resigned as chief executive of Murdoch's British media empire last month.