London: The British police have arrested the top legal advisor at News Corp`s now-defunct tabloid News of the World tabloid on suspicion of “conspiracy to intercept communications”.
Lawyer Tom Crone is the 25th person to be arrested over claims that reporters at the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper hacked into mobile phone voice mails.
“A 60-year-old man was arrested at his home on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977,” the Daily Express quoted a Scotland Yard official, as saying.
“He was interviewed at a south London police station,” the official added.
Earlier, two former editors of the paper, David Cameron’s former director of communications Andy Coulson, and former News International chief Rebekah Brooks, have also been arrested over phone-hacking.
According to the paper, commentators say the arrest of a senior lawyer like Crone is a “significant move” in Scotland Yard’s phone-hacking investigation, named Operation Weeting.