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News Corp.'s Rebekah Brooks formally charged

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Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International and her husband Charlie Brooks leaving the High Court in London after giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Brooks said Tuesday May 15, 2012 she and her husband will face charges over Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal. Brooks, 43, said Tuesday in a statement that she will be prosecuted over allegations of obstruction of justice. AP Photo/Sang Tan

In London, criminal charges have been filed Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, one of Britain's most powerful couples. Rebekah Brooks is the former News International executive at the center of News Corp.'s phone hacking scandal. These are the first charges formally filed since the investigation started in Jan. 2011, though there have been many arrests.

She and her husband Charlie, a horse trainer, are accused of "conspiring to pervert the course of justice," essentially alleged attempts to conceal evidence. Brooks is suspected to have removed documents and computers from News International during the police investigation. Brooks, her husband, and four other officials face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for the charges.

The charges however do not include illegal phone hacking, which started the investigation.


Sarah Lyall, who's covering this story for the New York Times.

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