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Rupert Murdoch buys time by suing Scotland Yard for hacking journalists

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Rupert Murdoch appears to have bought himself more time to avoid his forthcoming grilling by senior British detectives still investigating his personal involvement in illegal phone hacking.

Murdoch has always denied any personal involvement in the hacking cases, as has his favorite editor, the flame-haired Rebekah Brooks.  

Brooks is in New York now with rumors circulating that she will soon take editorial control of his New York Post newspaper, replacing the "pisspot pirate", Col Allan, who visited Australia in last year to organise Tony Abbott's election as prime minister.

Rupert has just sold his lavish and historic 1926 Beverley Hills, Hollywood, mansion. The buyer happens to be his own son, James Murdoch, who will soon move in with his wife, Kathryn, and their three children. This property previously sold for US $35 million.

Rupert, who will be 85 years old in March 2015, has his own holiday house in in Bel Air, California, called Moraga Estate. He bought that property, which has its own vineyard and winery, in 2013 for $28 million.

While all this has been happening, Murdoch has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard detectives accusing them of hacking the emails of his journalists, an accusation that could at least temporarily delay their questioning about any personal involvement by Rupert himself in the hacking of the phones of celebrities and royalty.

Rodney E. Lever is former News Ltd executive. You can follow him on Twitter @RodneyELever.

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