U.K. Police Drop Case Against Sun Crime Editor in Bribery Probe

The crime editor at News Corp. (NWSA)’s Sun tabloid has been cleared of bribery allegations uncovered as part of a wider police probe into wrongdoing at the company’s U.K. newspapers.

Mike Sullivan, who was arrested in January 2012, will have no further action taken against him by police, News Corp.’s U.K. unit said in a statement. The probe, called Operation Elveden, has led to more than 60 arrests of journalists at News Corp.’s U.K. publishing unit, police officers, prison guards and other public officials.

“After more than a year of uncertainty we are pleased that Mike can now carry on with his work without this distraction,” a News International spokesman said in an e-mailed statement.

News Corp.’s publications in the U.K. have been investigated for phone hacking and bribery since revelations in 2011 that the company’s News of the World tabloid illegally accessed messages on the mobile phone of a murdered school girl during the police investigation. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed the News of the World in response to the scandal.

Four former law enforcement officers have been sentenced for as much as two years for giving information to News Corp. U.K. journalists in exchange for bribes.

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