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Ex-News Intl. chief to be charged

Rebekah Brooks to be prosecuted in hacking case

LONDON — Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International and erstwhile chief lieutenant for Rupert Murdoch in the U.K., is to be charged with perverting the course of justice.

The announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service on Tuesday means that Brooks is the first high-profile person to be charged since the phone hacking and police corruption scandal at the Murdoch org went toxic in the summer of 2011.

Brooks, who edited both the News of the World and The Sun, faces three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

These include the alleged removal of seven cases of material from the archive of News International, and the concealing of documents and computers from police investigating phone hacking.

Brooks’ husband, Charlie Brooks, a racehorse trainer and close friend of the British prime minister David Cameron, is also to be charged, the CPS announced.

Four other people are also being charged with perverting the course of justice.

One other person who was arrested will not face charges.

In a statement the Brookses said: “We deplore this weak and unjust decision. After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS, we will respond later today after our return from the police station.”

The couple were arrested in March on suspicion of perverting the course of justice as part of an investigation into allegations of wrong doing by journalists.

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