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UK PM ex-media chief to be charged

LONDON, Nov 20, 2012, Reuters:

British prosecutors said on Tuesday they would charge Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief Andy Coulson with conspiring to pay public officials to secure the contact details of members of the Royal family.

The charges stem from a wider investigation into the British press that was sparked by revelations that journalists at Coulson’s former tabloid, the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World, had hacked into phones to secure salacious stories.

Coulson was editor of the News of the World from 2003 to 2007 before he took over as Cameron's spokesman from 2007 to 2011, and the latest charges are likely to pose yet more difficult questions for Cameron over his judgement in hiring Coulson in the first place.


Another friend of Cameron’s, Murdoch’s former British newspaper boss Rebekah Brooks, was also told on Tuesday that she would be also charged with conspiring to make payments to public officials.

“We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that Clive Goodman and Andy Coulson should be charged with two conspiracies,” Alison Levitt of the Director of Public Prosecutions said.

“The allegations relate to the request and authorisation of payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a Palace phone directory known as the ‘Green Book’ containing contact details for the Royal Family and Members of the Household.”

Brooks and Coulson have already been charged in connection with phone-hacking offences - the original crime that sent shockwaves through the British political establishment and exposed the close ties between government and sections of the media.

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