Friday, May 25, 2012

#Leveson #pressreform : Clodagh Hartley, a journalist working for the Sun newspaper, today became the 30th person to be arrested as part of Scotland Yard’s inquiry into payments to public officials.

The 37-year-old, who worked as the paper's Whitehall editor, was questioned under the Operation Elveden investigation after attending a police station by appointment this morning.

The Metropolitan Police said she is being held as a result of information provided to police by News Corporation’s management and standards committee.

Another News International journalist has been arrested as part of Scotland Yard¿s inquiry into payments to public officials
Probe: Clodagh Hartley, the Sun's former Whitehall editor, has been arrested as part of Scotland Yard's inquiry into payments to public officials
Hartley is being questioned at a police station in Bromley, south-east London.

News Corp’s management and standards committee is carrying out internal investigations relating to Rupert Murdoch’s remaining UK papers -The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times - and is working closely with the detectives investigating alleged phone-hacking and corrupt payments to police and other public officials.
A total of 30 people have now been arrested since last July as part of Elveden, which is linked to Scotland Yard’s phone-hacking investigation Operation Weeting.

A police statement said: 'She was arrested shortly after 9am by officers from Operation Elveden, the MPS investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials.
Rebekah Brooks
Andy Coulson
Clive Goodman
The Managing Editor of News Of The World, Stuart Kuttner
Probe: Former News International employees arrested under Operation Elveden include (clockwise from top left) ex-Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks, Former News of The World editor Andy Coulson, former NoW Managing Editor Stuart Kuttner and Former Royal Reporter Clive Goodman
'The 37-year-old woman attended Bromley police station by appointment and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, contrary to common law and suspicion of bribery, contrary to the Bribery Act 2010.'
The development marks the first arrest by the force’s phone-hacking squad since Rebekah Brooks and five other suspects were charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice earlier this month.

A 50-year-old employee of HM Revenue and Customs was arrested along with a 43-year-old woman at an address in north-west London by Elveden officers that same day.
A spokesman for News International declined to comment but confirmed that a company employee had been arrested.

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