Money laundering arrest in U.K. hacking probe

The metropolitan police headquarters New Scotland Yard in central London, February 16, 2009. SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images

(AP) LONDON - Police investigating Britain's phone hacking scandal say they have arrested a woman on suspicion of money laundering offenses.

Metropolitan police said the 42-year-old was arrested Monday morning after being asked to go to a police station in south west London.

She was arrested as part of "Operation Weeting," the police name for their investigation into phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch's News International.

Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie were arrested in the same investigation in March.

Britain's scandal began in 2005 with the revelation that tabloid reporters had listened in to voicemail systems of aides to the royal family.

It mushroomed last summer when it was revealed that hacking had been widespread at Murdoch's News of the World tabloid, which has since been shut.

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