Reporting from London — British police made their 11th arrest Tuesday in an investigation into phone hacking by the now-shuttered Sunday tabloid News of the World, owned by the British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media empire.
A 71-year-old man, named in news reports here as Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of the News of the World, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to intercept communications and corruption when he voluntarily appeared for questioning at a central London police station.
Kuttner's detention comes after the high-profile arrests of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her successor, Andy Coulson, who later became communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron. The pair are under suspicion of authorizing payments by journalists to private investigators for illegal phone hacking.
Kuttner resigned from the paper in 2009, after 22 years as managing editor. Although unexplained, his resignation came just before reports appeared that the News of the World paid a $1-million out-of-court settlement to Gordon Taylor, a soccer union executive and former player, who had threatened to bring charges related to alleged phone hacking.