Voice of America
July 17, 2011

London’s police chief has quit over allegations about police handling of a phone-hacking scandal involving journalists at the now-defunct tabloid, News of the World.

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Paul Stephenson told journalists Sunday that he did not do anything wrong. However, he said he did not want criticism of his conduct to detract from the police department being able to do its job.

Britain’s police have been accused of accepting bribes from News of the World journalists and of not doing enough to investigate phone hacking allegations.

News of the World was closed last week following allegations that journalists there illegally accessed the cellphone voicemails of hundreds of celebrities, politicians, rival journalists and even murder victims, and also that they bribed police for information.

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