Rebekah and Charlie Brooks have been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the News International phone-hacking affair. Others to be charged are Mrs Brooks’s former PA Cheryl Carter, the company’s head of security Mark Hanna, News International chauffeur Paul Edwards and security consultant Daryl Jorsling.
They were questioned as part of part of Operation Sacha, an investigation into alleged attempts to destroy material relating to Scotland Yard’s inquiries into phone-hacking, computer hacking and corrupt payments to public officials. The group was questioned after it was claimed News International implemented an “email deletion policy” in response to legal action launched by phone hacking victims against News Group Newspapers, which published the News of the World.
Rebekah Brooks appeared at the Leveson enquiry last week and revealed that David Cameron’s texts to her ended with “lol” which she said he thought meant “lots of love” but stopped after she told him it meant “laugh out loud.” Lord Leveson made it clear that his enquiry would not look into matters investigated by the police, and this development is significant.
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.”
Watch this space. There have been 46 arrests so far and these won’t be the last charges either. This albatross will hang around Cameron’s neck till the next election now the matter is in the Courts.
In the courts is also where the John Banks affair should be as well. It hasn’t gone away either, with Key having to answer questions about it again today.