Coulson & Brooks charged

Five people, including former No 10 Communications Director Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, have been charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials by journalists.

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The charges facing the five accused of illegal payments

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and former News of the World Royal Editor Clive Goodman are to be charged with making illegal payments to public officials.

It is alleged Coulson and Goodman requested and authorised payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book" which contained contact details for the royal family and members of the household.

Former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and former Sun chief reporter John Kay are to be charged with making with illegal payments to public officials while at the newspaper. Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan Barber is to be charged with the same offence.

It is alleged information provided by Barber formed the basis of a series of news stories published by The Sun. It is alleged that approximately £100,000 was paid to her between 2004 and 2011.

All are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court at a date to be set.

Brooks charged over alleged payments to Govt official

Former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks and former Sun chief reporter John Kay have both been charged with making with illegal payments to public officials while at the newspaper.

It's alleged the pair paid Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan Barber in return for information. She too has been charged.

A CPS statement says: "This conspiracy relates to information allegedly provided by Bettina Jordan Barber for payment which formed the basis of a series of news stories published by The Sun. It is alleged that approximately £100,000 was paid to Bettina Jordan Barber between 2004 and 2011."

Coulson and Goodman charged over Palace phone book

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson - who is also a former Downing Street communications chief - and former News of the World Royal Correspondent Clive Goodman have been charged with making with illegal payments to public officials.

In a statement, the CPS states 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."

Rebekah Brooks charged over corrupt payments

Five people including former Government spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will be charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials by journalists, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.

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Andy Coulson charged over alleged illegal payments

Clive Goodman, who was the Royal Correspondent for News of the World before 2007, and Andy Coulson, who was the News of the World’s Deputy Editor between 2000 and 2003 and Editor between 2003 and 2007 are to be charged in connection with the Metropolitan Police's hacking inquiry.

The CPS has announced the men will be charged with alleged illegal payments to public officials.

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