James Murdoch May Face Police Questioning After New Cache of Emails Found (Report)
LONDON -- James Murdoch could face police questioning after a new cache of "bombshell" emails has been found, the London Daily Mail has reported.
The paper said the content of the emails took the investigation to "a new level" and that police are thought to now want to question Murdoch, the News Corp. deputy COO, and former Sun and News of The World editor Rebekah Brooks.
News International declined to comment on the reports Saturday night, but a spokeswoman said the organization was "co-operating fully" with the police inquiry."
The report, from Daily Mail crime reporter Stephen Wright, claimed that "discussions have been taken with [U.K. state prosecution body] the Crime Prosecution Service about whether Mr. Murdoch should be arrested and interviewed under caution."
The paper went on to say it was "unclear" whether the emails suggested that Brooks and Murdoch were involved in either a cover-up of phone-hacking or had knowledge of malpractice at the News of The World.
London's Metropolitan Police said last week that it is working through 300 million emails supplied by News International and investigating claims that almost 6000 people may have had their phones hacked. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said on Thursday that more than 120 officers are involved in the investigation.
On Thursday Murdoch suffered a bruising session at the House of Commons when he was forced to admit News International had put members of the Culture Media and Sport Committee under surveillance.
But his performance earned the support of the independent shareholders at BSkyB, the satellite operator where he is chairman and was previously chief executive.
Speaking before the committee, Murdoch was asked if he had been questioned by police. "I have not been arrested and I am not currently on bail. I am free to answer questions," he answered.