Rebekah Brooks Charged with Obstructing Justice in Phone Hacking Case

The former head of News Corp.'s British newspapers is being charged with concealing material from the police

Last Updated: May 15, 2012 @ 6:32 AM

Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corporation's U.K. newspapers, has been charged with obstructing justice in the phone hacking scandal that continues to dog the media giant. 

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Five other people — Brooks' husband, Charles; a former chauffeur; an assistant, and members of her security detail — will be charged with concealing documents and computers from the police, the Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday. 

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Beyond that, prosecutors allege that Rebekah Brooks and her, assistant Cheryl Carter, tried to steal seven boxes of material from the company archive in July 2011. 

Brooks was once a top lieutenant to News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, but found herself forced out of the company last summer amid revelations of widespread hacking and bribery at the News of the World and Sun newspapers. 

After they are charged, the six suspects will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court, said Alison Levitt, principal legal advisor to the director of public prosecutions. 

Rebekah Brooks faces three charges. Charles Brooks, News International security chief Mark Hanna, Carter, Brooks' former chauffeur Paul Edwards, and as Daryl Jorslin, a member of her security detail, all face two charges of conspiring to obstruct justice. 

"There is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction," Levitt said in a statement.