The former editor of The News of the World and The Sun tabloid newspapers Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie are being charged with perverting the course of justice as part of the phone hacking inquiry and face possible jail terms.
Seen here they are both leaving court, following her very calm and collected performance at the Leveson Inquiry on her role in the BSKYB bid and her relationship with top level government politicians. They are the first to be formally charged in the 18 month on-going investigation. Mrs Brooks is facing three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice while her husband faces two. Three of Mrs Brooks's staff, and News International security head Mark Hanna are also charged with the same offence.
In a statement, they accused the CPS of "posturing" and said: "We deplore this weak and unjust decision."
Meanwhile QC Alison Levitt, said:: "This statement is made in the interests of transparency and accountability to explain the decisions reached in respect of allegations that Rebekah Brooks conspired with her husband, Charles Brooks, and others to pervert the course of justice. She added there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction
The six suspects will appear before Westminster magistrates court on a date to be determined.
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