James Murdoch Arrested

July 19, 2011 by USA Post 

James Murdoch ArrestedJames Murdoch Arrested, James Murdoch, deputy director of operations at News Corp., is asked by British lawmakers if settlements are authorized to victims of piracy on the phone a tabloid Sunday were part of a coverup. Murdoch, 38, faces questions about its approval of at least £ 2 million (+ 3.2 million) for resolving privacy cases filed by victims of hacking and whether they were designed to conceal irregularities in the News of the World tabloid News Corp. closed on July 10. He and his 80-year-old father, Rupert, will testify to the Culture Committee at 2:30 pm in London today.

Some of these payments, Murdoch said he regretted the July 7 approval was conditional on non-disclosure agreements. In the same statement, Murdoch said his company’s executives had misled the Parliament. The officer in charge of the original investigation accused News International, the UK publisher of News Corp., of “deliberately trying to frustrate” him. Ten people have been arrested in a new probe.

“We want to get to the bottom of what happened and why none of this has come so far,” said Philip Davies, a Conservative lawmaker who sits on the panel, in an interview. “They should have been aware of what was happening – and no doubt your company should have been aware of what was happening.”

News Corp. is considering raising chief operating officer Chase Carey to the executive director, replacing Rupert Murdoch, people familiar with the situation. The decision depends on the results of Murdoch in Parliament, said the people who were not authorized to speak publicly. Murdoch was president, the people said. Executives are concerned Murdoch will not answer questions well, two people said.

The most difficult questions

The hearing will be conducted by the conservative John Whittingdale, 51, former political secretary to Margaret Thatcher and former deputy Conservative leader William Hague. He rose to prominence last week when he threatened to use the powers of Parliament to force Murdoch to testify.

The hardest challenge will come from Tom Watson Labour, 44, who have led the campaign to denounce phone hacking in Parliament for two years. It was he who in 2009 won the News of the World editor Colin Myler to reveal that James Murdoch had passed at least one of the settlements.

Paul Farrelly, 49, also of Labor, based on his experience as a journalist for Reuters, the Independent Observer and Sunday.

Just Hacker?

News Corp.’s News International unit, which publishes newspapers in the UK COMPANY, said that after the real journalist Clive Goodman was jailed for phone-piracy in 2007 was the only news that he had used the World acted illegally. James settlements were authorized by the victims who had nothing to do with the royal family.

Alice Macandrew, a spokeswoman for News Corp. declined to comment before the hearing.

The committee also asks Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of World News, who resigned last week as chief executive of News International boss after Murdoch. Brooks was arrested by police and questioned for nine hours two days ago.

“There are a number of questions remain unanswered,” said Adrian Sanders, a Liberal Democrat member of the Committee, in a telephone interview yesterday. “All these are what we would do.”

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