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Rebekah Brooks and husband to face criminal charges over hacking inquiry

Rebekah and Charlie Brooks have been charged with perverting the course of justice for hindering investigations.

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PROSECUTORS IN BRITAIN have announced that the former editor of the News of the World and ex-News International CEO, Rebekah Brooks, will face criminal charges over Britain’s tabloid phone hacking scandal.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service confirmed this morning that Brooks, her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks will be prosecuted over allegations of obstruction of justice, as will a number of other people.

The 43-year-old Brooks resigned in July as head of the British division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

In a brief statement responding to the charges, Brooks said she and her husband deplored the “weak and unjust decision” to charge them, a decision they said came after “unprecedented posturing” by the prosecution service.

The couple are the first people to be charged in connection with the Operation Weeting inquiry, which has been continuing for 18 months.

Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old News of the World amid widespread public revulsion over revelations that it had hacked the cell phone of a missing schoolgirl who was later found dead.

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Brooks remains on police bail over separate allegations related to illegal eavesdropping, and will face more questions from detectives on that issue in the coming months.

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