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British police arrested the former managing editor of the now-defunct News of the World tabloid on Tuesday over the ongoing phone-hacking scandal.

Reuters reported that Stuart Kuttner, 71, was called in for questioning at a north London police station on Tuesday afternoon. He was later released on bail pending further questioning at the end of the month.

British police are investigating whether News of the World journalists intercepted voicemail messages and bribed officers for information.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of the tabloid’s parent group News Corporation, as well as his son James were asked to appear before MPs to establish whether they knew the paper uncovered some stories by hacking phones.

Rebekah Brooks, a former News of the World editor, also appeared to answer allegations that her reporters illegally snooped on celebrities, politicians and even crime victims.

A boycott by advertisers convinced Murdoch to pull the plug on the 168-year-old Sunday tabloid last month. It was Britain’s best-selling newspaper at the time.