Murdoch Insider Rebekah Brooks Charged in Phone Hacking Investigation
British prosecutors said Tuesday they would charge Rebekah Brooks with trying to obstruct a police investigation into phone hacking at newspapers owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Brooks, a former editor of the News of the World, is accused of plotting to remove boxes of documents from News International offices and hide computers and documents from police.
Her husband, personal assistant and driver will also be charged, along with one of her security guards and the head of security for News International, the News Corp. subsidiary that publishes Murdoch’s British newspapers.
They are the first people to be charged in connection with British police investigations into phone hacking and police bribery, which have been going on for more than a year.
The maximum sentence for the charges they face is life in prison, the Crown Prosecution Service said.