Rees and Marunchak arrested in Met Police probe into computer hacking

Computer hacking arrests: ‘Jonathan Rees and Alex Marunchak’ held

Operation Tuleta is one of three linked Met Police probes into phone hacking

2 October 2012 Last updated at 13:31

A 61-year-old journalist and a 58-year-old man have been arrested as part of a Met Police probe into computer hacking.

They are the News of the World’s former Ireland editor, Alex Marunchak, and private investigator Jonathan Rees, sources told the BBC.

They were held just before 07:00 BST at their homes by officers investigating criminal breaches of privacy, as part of probes relating to phone hacking.

The Met, who made the arrests in Surrey and Kent, did not confirm their names.

Police said they were arrested on suspicion of offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and Sections 1 and 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

The 58-year-old, understood to be Mr Rees, was arrested in Surrey and will be interviewed at a police station in south London.

The 61-year-old, understood to be Mr Marunchak, was arrested in Kent and will be interviewed at a Kent police station.
Sixteen arrests

The arrests are part of Operation Kalmyk, the name for an investigation into journalism-related computer hacking which is being carried out by Operation Tuleta.

Tuleta is one of three linked Met police probes into phone hacking. Sixteen arrests have now been made as part of this operation, police said.

The investigations were set up in the wake of the scandal over phone hacking, which closed the News of the World newspaper last year.

Operation Elveden is investigating corrupt payments by journalists to officials, while Operation Weeting is the Met’s investigation into phone hacking.

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