Top Murdoch lieutenant charged in phone hacking probe

Rupert Murdoch’s former top-lieutenant in the UK was charged Tuesday with conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Rebekah Brooks, her husband and three aides stand accused of trying to hide information from police investigating the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

From the BBC:

The charges relate to alleged offences in July last year including concealing documents and computers from police.

The former News of the World editor and her husband said in a statement: “We deplore this weak and unjust decision.”

The charges are the first in an inquiry lasting 18 months – more than 40 other people remain on police bail in the investigation.

You can read the Crown Prosecutor’s press release here. Further coverage from the Guardian, the NY Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Brooks stands accused of, among other things, conspiring to remove seven boxes from the archives of News International, a move reminiscent of one that proved problematic for Conrad Black.