Bail extended for 3 suspects in UK hacking scandal

By the Associated Press | September 27, 2011 | 6:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police say they have extended the bail for three News of the World phone hacking suspects until next year.

The Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that the men have all attended police stations and been bailed to March 2012, pending further questioning.

The three were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept voicemail messages in a scandal that prompted the closure of the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid in July.

Detectives have been investigating claims the newspaper illegally eavesdropped on the phone messages of celebrities, politicians and crime victims.

Those arrested so far include Rebekah Brooks, the former tabloid's high-profile chief executive, and Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief.