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Rebekah Brooks charged with perverting the course of justice

Rebekah Brooks resigned as News International Chief Executive in July 2011. Credit: Press Association

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks are to be charged with perverting the course of justice during the phone-hacking scandal, they said today in a statement.

Mr and Mrs Brooks said: "We deplore this weak and unjust decision. After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS we will respond later today after our return from the police station."

Brooks, 43, is former Chief Executive of News International and was editor of the News of the World when the paper accessed the voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.