Former Times legal head interviewed under caution by police

Alastair Brett, the former legal chief at The Times, has been interviewed under caution by police investigating allegations of computer hacking, it has emerged.

Brett is understood to have been interviewed at a central London police station earlier this month under caution, after attending by appointment, according to New Statesman blogger David Allen Green.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that: “On 11 September a 62-year-old man attended a central London police station at around 11 o’clock and by appointment. He was interviewed under caution by officers from Operation Tuleta.”

Brett has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Earlier this year a former News International lawyer, believed to be Brett, was referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for their role in the exposure of the NightJack blogger in 2009 (25 April 2012). After The Times revealed the identity of blogger Richard Horton, who had been writing about his work as a police officer, it emerged that reporter Patrick Foster had hacked into Horton’s email.

Brett stepped down from his job at The Times in 2010 after 30 years at the paper.