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Rebekah Brooks is Sharon Shoesmith – will David Cameron condemn her in an open letter to the Sun?

by | 15th, May 2012

SO. Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice during the phone-hacking investigation. The allegation is that the former editor of the News of the World and the Sun who was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer of News International concealed computers, information, and documents from the Metropolitan Police.

If guilty, then everything the Sun has ever stood for is dust. The couple say they are innocent, issuing this statement:

“We have this morning been informed by the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions that we are to be charged with perverting the course of justice. 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.”

So much for tabloidese. It turns out that Brooks sounds more like a North Korean despot than a champion of clear and snappy English.

Alison Levitt, QC, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions, issued her own statement:

“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.

“The Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service on 27 March 2012 in relation to seven suspects:

Rebekah Brooks
Charles Brooks
Cheryl Carter Brooks’s personal assistant; [and Sun Beauty editor]
Mark Hanna Head of security at News International;
Paul Edwards Brooks’s chauffeur who was employed by News International;
Daryl Jorsling and a seventh suspect both of whom provided security for Brooks supplied by News International.
“All the evidence has now carefully been considered. Applying the two-stage test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors I have concluded that in relation to all suspects except the seventh, there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction.

“I then considered the second stage of the test, and I have concluded that a prosecution is required in the public interest in relation to each of the other six. All seven suspects have this morning been informed of my decisions.”

The allegations are:

Charge one:  “Rebekah Brooks between 6 July and 19 July 2011 conspired with Charles Brooks, Cheryl Carter, Mark Hanna, Paul Edwards, Daryl Jorsling and persons unknown to conceal material from officers of the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Charge 2: “Rebekah Brooks and Cheryl Carter between 6 July and 9 July 2011 conspired together permanently to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International.”

Charge 3 : “Rebekah Brooks, Charles Brooks, Mark Hanna, Paul Edwards and Daryl Jorsling

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