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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.
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:
Five other people suspected of aiding Rebekah Brooks in the phone-hacking scandal face single counts of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Charlie Brooks has said that his wife Rebekah has been the subject of 'witch-hunt'. He said he thought he and others are being used as "scape-goats to ratchet up the pressure on my wife."
Rebekah Brooks has said she is 'baffled' by the decision to charge her. She has also expressed her anger that, "those closest to me have been dragged in to this unfairly."
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:
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:
Alison Levitt QC, principal legal advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, said there was "sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction", in regards to charges against Rebekah Brooks and five other suspects.
Charges against one suspect, a security consultant, were dropped as part of the review of evidence by lawyers since detectives handed over the file on March 27.
But Miss Levitt said a prosecution "is required in the public interest in relation to each of the other six".
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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Rebekah Brooks angrily attacked police and prosecutors tonight as she said she was "baffled" to face charges.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been charged with perverting the course of justice.