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Rupert Murdoch Faces UK MPs Grilling

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TEHRAN, July 14 (ICANA) – British lawmakers have summoned Rupert Murdoch and his top executives for questioning in a dramatic new turn in the phone hacking row, according to reports.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:30:34 PM
Rupert Murdoch Faces UK MPs Grilling

Murdoch flew to Britain on Sunday to take control of the crisis and on Tuesday he held meetings with News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who was News of the World editor at the time of some of the hacking, and other key figures.

Lawmakers took advantage of his presence to call on him, his son, News Corp. executive James Murdoch, and Brooks to appear before them to face questions about hacking and allegations that Murdoch papers paid police for information.

The long-running scandal led to the shock closure of the 168-year-old News of the World last week, and indirectly caused the government to refer News Corp.'s bid for BSkyB to competition regulators.

“These people are hiding behind PR people, they are sitting in Wapping Towers, they should come to Parliament and explain themselves," said Labour MP Tom Watson.

"We suspect that some of them might be too cowardly to turn up but that's up to them to decide", added Watson.

"We have been made aware of the request from the CMS committee to interview senior executives and we will co-operate. We await the formal invitation", said a spokesman for News Corp, the parent company of News International.

Brooks would be likely to face more questions over her admission that newspapers had paid police and James Murdoch over payments made to hacking victims.

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