Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, was arrested Sunday for her alleged role in the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, reports The New York Times. Her arrest, on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of bribing police for information, came just two days after her resignation from the company.
British police would only confirm that a 43-year-old woman was arrested by appointment at a London police station at noon. But a statement from Brooks' camp said she "voluntarily attended a London police station to assist with their ongoing investigation," according to the Associated Press. Her spokesman has said she did not know she would be arrested when she arrived, and a News International source reportedly told CNN that it did not know she would be arrested when her resignation was accepted. The former editor of the News of the World, the recently closed newspaper that is at the center of the scandal, was scheduled to join Rupert Murdoch and his son James to testify before a parliamentary panel.
In the wake of her arrest, Brooks may not testify, or, if she does appear, may keep silent. There have already been suggestions that, given her impending testimony, the timing of her arrest was just a little too convenient, as her silence could help the Metropolitan Police, which has become wrapped up in the scandal recently.