(AFP) – May 25, 2012
LONDON — A woman who works for Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm was released on bail Friday after she was arrested as part of an investigation into the bribery of public officials, Scotland Yard said.
The force said the woman, 37, was arrested by appointment Friday morning at a south London police station on suspicions of conspiracy to corrupt, conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office and bribery.
"The woman is bailed to return to a south London police station on a date in September," Scotland Yard said in a statement.
The arrest was "the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management Standards Committee", a body set up by Murdoch to look into illegal activity at the US-based media giant, police said.
Police did not identify the woman.
A spokeswoman for News International, which runs The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times and formerly ran the News of the World tabloid confirmed to AFP that the woman "is a News International employee."
The spokeswoman would not confirm a BBC report that the suspect is a journalist.
The woman was arrested by officers from Operation Elveden, a Scotland Yard investigation looking into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials, police said.
It is being run in tandem with Operation Weeting, the original investigation launched in January 2011 into phone-hacking at the News of the World, which has since been closed down by Murdoch's US-based News Corp. empire.
More than 40 people have been arrested so far as part of the combined probes.
Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International and a one-time editor of the News of the World, was charged earlier this month with perverting the course of justice.
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