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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Brooks 'ups the ante' on prosecutors and the police

There is absolutely no chance of Rebekah and Charlie Brooks 'going away quietly'. Mrs Brooks did say to me a while ago "you live by the sword, you die by the sword".

I think she understands that a lot of people in the country will not be very sympathetic given her past as a major newspaper editor.

Having said that, I think the ante has been 'upped' significantly tonight. What isn't in doubt is that this is a very long investigation, sucking in an enormous amount of police officers that is costing a very great deal of money.

I think there is no doubt there is pressure on the police to make these convictions stick. If the couple are cleared, there is going to be a reckoning.

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