Former News Corp. exec charged in phone hacking case

By Laurie Bennett

May 15, 2012 at 5:16am

Rebekah Brooks, former Rupert Murdoch confidant and editor of the News of the World, is being charged with trying to obstruct an investigation into the News Corp. phone hacking scandals.

UK authorities said she would face three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Her husband, Charlie Brooks, and four others will also be charged.

The couple issued a statement saying, “We deplore this weak and unjust decision.”

The Telegraph reports that the charges relate to the concealment of documents and computers from Scotland Yard detectives investigating the widespread practice of hacking into the phones of well-known figures covered by the paper.

Victims, as the Muckety map above shows, included the royal family, as well as celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Jude Law, and Victoria and David Beckham.

Brooks resigned from News International, the News Corp. division that included News of the World, last summer.

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