Former News Corp. Exec Is First Person to Be Hit With Criminal Charges in Phone-Hacking Scandal

May 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A former News Corp. executive will be charged with perverting the course of justice, becoming the first person to be charged in the company’s phone-hacking scandal, reports the U.K. paper The Guardian.

Rebekah Brooks is the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper operations. Brooks, who was arrested in March by Scotland Yard police officers, will face "three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice including the alleged removal of seven cases of material from the archive of News International and the alleged concealment of documents and computers from officers investigating phone hacking," the story reports.

Her husband, Charlie Brooks, a friend of the U.K. prime minister and a racehorse trainer, will also be charged, the piece says. Several other people will also be facing charges, including Brooks’ former personal assistant, according to the story.

Brooks and her husband issued a statement calling the decision "weak and unjust."

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