Police have today made a further arrest in News of the World phone hacking investigation, feeling the collar of ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner.
During their appearances in front of parliamentarians last month, News International father-and-son double act Rupert the forgetful and James the dim suggested that payments to private investigators and the like would have been approved by the managing editor. Ex-NI chief Rebekah Brooks confirmed as much in her later testimony. To listen to her she, you'd think she had no clue of what was going on around her when she was editor of the now-axed rag.
Kuttner was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption - the same charges that saw red-topped Brooks arrested in a similar manner. Kuttner was arrested when arrived by appointment at a police station in London at 11am this morning. The 71 year-old had been in charge of the purse strings at tabloid until his resignation in July 2009. He had held the managing editor post for 22 years.
In a further development, it appears that emails reported by Murdoch and Brooks to have have been 'lost in Mumbai' were deleted on orders from News International.
Indian IT outfit HCL technologies said it was instructed by News International to delete internal emails on nine separate occasions between April 2010 and July 2011.
Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, said: “The fact that so many emails have been deleted at the request of News International raises a number of further questions which we will continue to probe the company about.”