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Rebekah Brooks, former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, has been charged with obstruction of justice in connection to the British phone-hacking scandal.
Specifically, her charges include “concealing material from detectives, conspiring to remove boxes of archive records from Murdoch’s London headquarters, and hiding documents, computers, and other electronic equipment from the police.” Along with four others, her husband Charlie Brooks, a racehorse trainer, also faces charges in the case.
Brooks and her husband were reportedly members of an elite social circle that included British Prime Minister David Cameron. Their association with the scandal has thus come as a disgrace to the privileged community they once belonged to.
The British phone hacking scandal is a controversy connected to the various corrupt practices of journalists who were eager to develop front-page stories. The scandal erupted last July, and is said to be “one of the biggest investigations ever carried out by London police.”
Brooks currently maintains that the decision to charge her was “unjust”, and her husband recently likened the investigation surrounding the case to a “witch-hunt”.