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Murdoch in Britain amid police quiz rumours

News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch was in London on Thursday, amid reports that police want to question him in the wake of the phone-hacking trial.

LONDON: News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch was in London on Thursday, amid reports that police want to question him in the wake of the phone-hacking trial.

The 83-year-old US-based media mogul flew into London, after the high-profile trial concluded with the conviction of Andy Coulson, one of his former British newspaper editors.

A spokesman for Murdoch declined to comment on his plans while in London, but the Guardian newspaper reported this week that British police want to question him over allegations of criminality at his British newspapers, which include The Sun, The Times and the now-defunct News of the World.

"We never discuss the movements of our senior executives," a spokesman for News UK, Murdoch's British newspaper division, told AFP.

Murdoch was driven away from a property in Mayfair in central London on Thursday morning, reading a copy of The Sun.

He has yet to comment on the outcome of the eight-month trial, which saw former News of the World editor Coulson found guilty of hacking but the acquittal of Murdoch's protege, Rebekah Brooks.

Murdoch had strongly supported Brooks following her arrest in 2011, shortly after he summarily shut down the News of the World in disgrace over the hacking scandal.

Brooks was a former editor of the News of the World and The Sun, before rising to become chief executive of Murdoch's British newspaper division, then known as News International.

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