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Ex-policeman held in phone-hacking inquiry

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A former police officer was arrested Thursday as part of aninvestigation into alleged bribery related to the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, Scotland Yard said.

The unnamed 57-year-old was arrested in a dawn raid at his house in Surrey on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, the force said in a statement.

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The suspect had previously served in the Metropolitan Police’s specialist operations command and retired several years ago, it said.

The arrest was made as a result of information provided by the Management Standards Committee of Murdoch’s US-based News Corp., a panel set up by Murdoch to probe illegal activity at his British newspapers, it added.

“He is currently being questioned at a south west London police station and his home address is being searched,” the Scotland Yard statement said.

The arrest was made by officers from Operation Elveden, a Scotland Yard investigation probing allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials.

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It is being run in tandem with Operation Weeting, the original investigation launched in January 2011 into phone-hacking at the News of the World newspaper.

Police have arrested more than 40 people as part of the twin investigations.

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The arrests have recently included several staff from The Sun, Murdoch’s top-selling British daily tabloid.

A parliamentary commitee on Tuesday said in a report that Murdoch was not a fit person to lead an international company, although the cross-party panel was split on the decision.

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