James Murdoch Maintains Innocence

    (FILES) This file picture taken on July 13, 2011 show News International Chairman and Chief Executive and BSkyB Chairman James Murdoch arriving for work in east London. British pay-TV giant BSkyB said on July 29, 2011 that James Murdoch will remain chairman despite the phone-hacking row at main shareholder News Corp., as the broadcaster revealed a 23-percent jump in profits. The firm also announced a £750-million ($1.2-billion, 854-million-euro) share buyback and hiked its shareholder dividend to calm the waters after the scandal forced Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. this month to scrap a takeover bid for BSkyB.  AFP PHOTO / Warren Allott (Photo credit should read Warren Allott/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In a letter to the British parliament on Wednesday, James Murdoch claimed his innocence in the phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled his family name and News International conglomerate while saying he had "deep regret" for the situation. "It has been suggested that my decision to resign my role at News International reflected past knowledge of voicemail interception or other alleged criminal wrongdoing at News International," Murdoch wrote in a seven-page letter. "This is untrue." meanwhile, veteran British reporter Neville Thurlbeck was arrested on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the scandal. He was arrested on charges of trying to intimidate a witness and encouraging or assisting an offense while working at News of the World. The 51-year-old was taken into custody by officers working on Operation Weeting, the investigation that stemmed from revelations that phone hacking was rampant at the paper, which is now defunct. Thurlbeck, who was arrested in April 2011, made bail. His former colleague Rebekah Brooks was also rearrested, along with four others.

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