It’s official: controversial, redheaded Rebekah Brooks is to be charged with perverting the course of justice, on the grounds that she, among others, tried to hide evidence from detectives investigating phone hacking and alleged bribes to public officials back in July 2011.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) televised the charges in the interests of “transparency and accountability”, which can be watched here.
The naughty ginger of the press has become one of the highest-profile faces in the newspaper industry, especially over the last couple of years, when News International got themselves into a spot of bother over a lot of phone hacking allegations. What a pickle.
Six people from News International are being charged in total, including Rebekah’s hubby Charlie, and her PA Cheryl Carter, over allegations that documents and computers were hidden from officers investigating the phone hacking scandal.
If found guilty, they could serve as long as life imprisonment, but the term is 10 months on average.
The CPS is still considering four files of evidence relating to more than 20 suspects, with Rebekah and her husband are expected to release a statement later this afternoon.