Search This Blog

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rebekah Brooks charged in News Corp phone-hacking scandal

Brooks was charged with concealing material from detectives, conspiring to remove boxes of archive records from Murdoch's London headquarters, and hiding documents, computers, and other electronic equipment from the police.

The news is a personal blow for Murdoch and also embarrassing for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was close friends with Brooks and her husband and sent her messages of support when the alleged offenses took place.

RECOMMENDED – News Corp. phone-hacking inquiry: 8 names you need to know

"I have concluded ... there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction," said Alison Levitt, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

"All these matters relate to the ongoing police investigation into allegations of phone hacking and corruption of public officials in relation to the News of the World and The Sun newspapers," Levitt said.

Also charged were Brooks's racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks, her secretary and other staff including her driver, and security officials from News International, the British newspaper arm of Murdoch's News Corp media empire.

The maximum sentence for perverting the course of justice is theoretically a life prison term.

"We deplore this weak and unjust decision," Rebekah and Charlie Brooks said in a statement, adding they would comment further after they returned from police stations.

There was no comment from Cameron's office.

Dubbed by some the "fifth daughter" of Rupert Murdoch, Brooks edited the News of the World from 2000 to 2003 and went on to become the first female editor of the Sun daily tabloid, Britain's most widely read newspaper, for six years. Murdoch closed the News of the World, a Sunday tabloid, last year as a result of the scandal.

With her close ties to the upper echelons of the British establishment including a string of prime ministers and senior police officers, Brooks was promoted to run Murdoch's British newspaper arm from 2009 to 2011.

But the 43-year-old, instantly recognizable for her mane of flame-red hair, was forced to stand down last July under a tide of revelations about phone hacking, and was arrested two days later over allegations of interception of communications, and corruption.

She was detained again in March this year, along with her husband, over the allegations relating to perverting the course of justice. Detectives have not concluded their investigations into the other potential offenses.

Police re-launched an investigation in January last year into claims that journalists at the News of the World routinely hacked into the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime to generate front-page stories.

No comments:


Related Posts with Thumbnails
LATEST UPDATES watch the latest video's, news, reviews, tv shows and lots of more watch online
Politics Share submit to reddit On our way to 1,000,000 rss feeds - On our way to 1,000,000 rss feeds - blogarama - the blog directory blogarama - the blog directory

Free SEO Tools

millionRSS - on the way to 1,000,000 rss feeds BallHype: hype it up!
Bachelorette Party Bachelorette Party
Check Page Rank of any web site pages instantly:
This free page rank checking tool is powered by Page Rank Checker service, free web site submission, free promotion, free webmaster tools and resources Internet Marketing