Brooks 'baffled' by charges

The former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie have criticised the decision by prosecutors to charge them with perverting the course of justice over the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

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News International spends £53m on own hacking probe

Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group has spent more than £53 million on its own investigation of the phone-hacking and illegal payments scandal, figures reveal.

Most of the £53.2 million figure has been accrued through legal and professional fees.

Accounts for NI Group Limited - which incorporates the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times - show that the internal management and standards committee (MSC) has racked up the cost since last July, when it was launched.

NI chief executive tells staff not to 'prejudge phone hacking outcome'

Tom Mockridge, who succeeded Rebekah Brooks as News International chief executive has told staff in an email it was "important that proper due process takes its course and we must not prejudge the outcome" of the cases against Hanna and Edwards.

Following the announcement of the charges, he wrote:

I appreciate this is tough news, particularly if you worked closely with those charged today.

This is a difficult period for all of us at News International.

I am deeply grateful for your continued professionalism and commitment as we deal with these issues."

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Charlie Brooks: 'Rebecca subjected to a witch-hunt'

The husband of Rebekah Brooks, Charlie spoke on behalf of himself and his wife following the Crown Prosectuion decision to charge Mrs Brooks with perverting the course of justice:

I feel today is an attempt to use me and others as scapegoats, the effect of which will be to ratchet up pressure on my wife, who I believe is also the subject of a witch hunt. It is no surprise to me the pressure is on to bring prosecutions however weak they may be.

I have no doubt that the lack of evidence against me will be borne out in court but I have grave doubts that my wife can ever get a fair trial, given the huge volume of biased commentary which she has been subjected to.

We will fight this in court.

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Brooks: 'I have to question if CPS decision was impartial'

Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie have released a statement after being charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice during the phone-hacking scandal:

Whilst I have always respected the criminal justice system, I have to question today whether this decision was made on a proper impartial assessment of the evidence.

I understand and know there needs to be a proper and thorough investigation and I am baffled by the decision to charge me today.

I cannot express my anger enough, that those closest to me have been dragged unfairly into this.

One day the details of this case will emerge and people will see today as nothing more than an expensive sideshow and a waste of public money as a result of an unjust and weak decision.

– Rebekah Brooks

Five other suspects being charged in phone-hacking scandal

Rebekah Brooks face three counts of conspiracy to pervert the court of justice, including that she tried to conceal documents from the multimillion-pound Scotland Yard inquiry.

Alongside Mrs Brooks, several others are facing single counts of conspiring with her:

  • Charlie Brooks, Mrs Brook's racehorse trainer husband
  • Cheryl Carter, Mrs Brooks' personal assistant
  • Mark Hanna, head of security at News International
  • Paul Edwards, Mrs Brooks' chauffeur
  • Daryl Jorsling, Security consultant
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