Rebekah Brooks' Trash, Dumped Laptop, Under Police Investigation

5:29 PM PST 07/18/2011 by Mimi Turner
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Rebekah Brooks

The former News International CEO's husband had earlier tried to reclaim the items, saying they were his.

LONDON -- A laptop computer, mobile phone and papers found in a dumpster near the home of former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks are being examined by police, the Guardian said Monday night.

The paper said that the items had been handed to security guards after being retrieved from a bin in an underground car park close to Brooks' home.

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Shortly afterwards, Brooks' husband had made an attempt to retrieve them from security but was unable to prove that they were his. They were handed to a police forensics team.

A spokesman for Charlie Brooks told the Guardian that the items did not belong to his wife.

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"Charlie has a bag which contains a laptop and papers which were private to him," spokesman David Wilson told the Guardian. "They were nothing to do with Rebekah or the phone-hacking case."

Wilson said that the items had been left by a friend who had put them in the wrong part of the underground garage, suggesting that a cleaner may mistakenly have placed them in the bin.

 

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Police are examining CCTV coverage of the garage to see if that can be verified.

"The police took it [the items] away. Charlie's lawyers got in touch with the police to say they could take a look at the computer but they'd see there was nothing relevant to them in it. He's expecting the stuff back forthwith," Wilson told the newspaper.

 

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Brooks was questioned by police for 12 hours Sunday before being bailed, after being arrested on suspicion of intercepting communications and corrupting police officers. She resigned Friday from her post as the head of News Corporation's London newspaper division -- the same day that Dow Jones head Les Hinton also stepped down as the hacking scandal continues to do enormous damage to News Corporation.

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She is due to give evidence to the Culture Media and Sport Committee Tuesday afternoon after a separate evidence session that will see Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch answer questions on their role in the phone-hacking scandal.

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