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Murdochs summoned to testify in phone hack inquiry

July 14th, 2011 7:47 am by Staff Report

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say News International chief Rebekah Brooks has agreed to testify before a parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking. Rupert and James Murdoch have been issued a summons after they declined to appear.

Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hold hearings next week about the scandal that has destroyed one Murdoch newspaper and wrecked the mogul's bid to buy broadcaster BSkyB.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that if the Murdochs had "any shred of sense of responsibility or accountability" they would appear.

It is unclear whether they can be forced to appear.

Brooks is chief executive of News International, the News Corp. unit that controls British newspapers.

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