|High-rolling Brooks couple in eye of phone hacking storm|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00|
LONDON — British prosecutors accused former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks and five others of obstructing justice yesterday in the first criminal charges from the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The ex-News International (NI) chief executive, her husband Charlie Brooks and four people who worked for her were charged with trying to hide evidence from
police investigating wrongdoing at the now-closed tabloid.
Cameron and Charlie Brooks were school friends at the elite Eton College and he attended the Brooks’s wedding in 2009. Senior prosecutor Alison Levitt said in a television statement that there was “sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction” in six cases of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Instantly recognisable with her shock of flame-red hair, Brooks also moved in the highest circles of British politics, and testified to a press ethics inquiry just last week about her close relationship with Cameron.
The maximum sentence for perverting the course of justice is life imprisonment, but jail terms are normally far shorter.
“We deplore this weak and unjust decision. After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) we will respond later today after our return from the police station,” the couple said. — AFP.