Brooks and Coulson face phone hacking charges

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson will both face charges relating to the phone hacking scandal, the Crown Prosecution Service has revealed.

Brooks and Coulson are among eight people facing charges concerning the illegal interception of voicemail messages.

Also facing charges are Stuart Kuttner, Glenn Mulcaire, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup.

Brooks, the ex-News International chief executive, will face charges relating to the interception of voicemail messages on Milly Dowler’s mobile phone, as well as a list of “well-known” people.

Coulson, an ex-editor of the News of the World and who, up to January 2011, was communications director for David Cameron’s government, will face similar charges.

All eight face charges of being involved in a six-year conspiracy to unlawfully intercept the voicemail messages of more than 600 high-profile individuals.

(Source: BBC News)




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