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Brooks charged with perverting the course of justice

15th May 2012

Six people, including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, have been charged with perverting the course of justice as part of the ongoing phone-hacking scandal.

The decision, which was announced by Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) principal legal advisor Alicon Levitt QC, has been strongly criticised in a joint statement by Brooks and her husband Charlie, who was also charged.

The allegations surround events which supposedly took place between the 6th and 19th July last year, a period which includes the day the News of the World newspaper was closed by its owner, Rupert Murdoch. 

Brooks and her co-defendants are all expected to deny that they were complicit in a conspiracy to conceal important documents and computers from the Metropolitan Police during their Operation Weeting investigations.

A partner holding one of the top solicitor jobs in a leading London-based firm has been given the task of representing the accused, who are due to be summonsed to court for formal charging imminently.