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Murdoch Insider Brooks Charged in Phone-Hacking Case

Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the ongoing investigation into corruption and phone-hacking within Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. –ARK

The Guardian:

Brooks is accused of conspiring with others, including her husband, a racehorse trainer and friend of the prime minister, and her personal assistant, to conceal material from detectives.

Brooks and her husband were informed of the charging decision – the first since the start of the Operation Weeting phone-hacking investigation last January – when they answered their bail at a police station in London on Tuesday morning.

They are among six individuals from News International, along with the company’s head of security, Mark Hanna, to be charged over allegations that they removed material, documents and computers to hide them from officers investigating phone hacking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life, although the average term served in prison is 10 months.

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