British lawmakers investigating a phone hacking scandal Tuesday asked media baron Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks to testify before them, hours after former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused their newspaper group of illegally obtaining private information about him.
Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee asked the three to appear next Tuesday, July 19, a representative told CNN.
"Senior executives" of Murdoch's British newspaper company "will cooperate," News International said in a statement, without specifying names.
If the Murdochs and Brooks do not answer the summons, parliament can compel them to do so, Labour lawmaker Chris Bryant - who believes he is a hacking victim - said on Twitter.
Brown Tuesday accused Murdoch's newspapers of having "links with criminals" as he spoke to the BBC about allegations the Sunday Times illegally obtained private information about him.
Brown accused the paper of getting his bank details, saying he was "genuinely shocked" by its methods.FULL STORY