Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:49PM
Three more Britons including a police officer and two journalists working for the Sun newspaper have been nabbed by detectives probing phone-hacking scandal in the UK, local media reported. Scotland Yard said in a statement that they have arrested a serving police officer and two journalists - as part of the investigation into phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp - bringing the total number of people detained so far to 50, British media reported. According to the statement, the 39-year-old police officer was arrested in Wiltshire in southwest England by officers investigating inappropriate payments to police and public officials. A 51-year-old journalist was detained at his home in Bristol and a 32-year-old journalist was held at his house in south-east London, both on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt and conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, the statement added. The corruption probe is underway in Britain into the phone hacking scandal that followed revelations that reporters at Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid routinely intercepted voicemails of those in the public eye. "Today's arrests are the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's management standards committee”, said a Metropolitan Police spokesman. "They relate to suspected payments to a public official and suspected disclosure of confidential information by a police officer and are not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately", added the spokesman. MOL/JR/HE