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British PM faces renewed questions over the phone-hacking scandal

Jul 18, 2011 6:35:59 AM - itnnews.lk

The resignation of the head of the British Metropolitan Police has the Prime Minister David Cameron facing new questions over the phone-hacking scandal.

Britain’s top police officer, Sir Paul Stephenson, announced his resignation after severe criticism over hiring ex-News of the World executive Neil Wallis as an adviser. Wallis was arrested and released on bail last week, on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

In his resignation statement, Stephenson had mentioned that Cameron’s relationship with his former Downing Street director of communications, had caused him difficulties. However, the Prime Minister’s office insist the prime minister only found out Sir Paul’s plans just before his resignation was televised.

Meanwhile, British Home Secretary Theresa May has expressed her regret over Stephenson’s resignation. She also insisted that there was no pressure on him to quit.