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Torbay MP Sanders questions Brooks arrest timing

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 18, 2011


ARRESTING former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks shortly before she gave evidence to a Commons inquiry has been described as ‘convenient’ by Torbay MP Adrian Sanders.

Mr Sanders, who sits on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, was among those to question the timing of the move by police.

He was concerned Mrs Brooks could “hide behind” her arrest when quizzed by his committee.

It came as it was confirmed the 43-year-old would appear before MPs to answer questions about the phone-hacking affair despite her arrest on Sunday.

She was subsequently released on bail by the Met police.

Mrs Brooks along with Rupert Murdoch and his son James are set to face a grilling at Westminster.

Mr Sanders said of her arrest: “It’s convenient. In whose interest was it for this arrest to take place before Tuesday? Because if it does impede what we can ask, that's not going to go down well with my fellow committee members.

“Quite why now, just a few hours before our select committee meets, an arrangement has been made for an arrest. A lot of people are going to think this is very, very odd.

“If this is designed to take the spotlight off the police at the same time giving a shield to Rebekah Brooks, that's a very serious matter indeed.

“We don't know how much this is going to impede our questioning until we've been able to sit down and talk it through with the parliamentary counsel.”

He said of the forthcoming hearing: “I hope it will move us a little bit closer towards knowing the truth.”

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