Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges
Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2012 7:00 AM CST
This Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 file photo shows Rebekah Brooks, the former chief of News Corp.'s British operations, leaving the Old Bailey court in London.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

(Newser) – British prosecutors are adding new charges to the litany of accusations against former Rupert Murdoch executives. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, will be charged with bribing public officials in exchange for stories and information, the New York Times reports. Two other News International figures, ex-News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman and former Sun chief reporter John Kay, will also be charged, as will a Defense Ministry employee.

Goodman and Coulson's charges are tied to payments "in exchange for information, including a palace phone directory known as the 'Green Book' containing contact details for the Royal Family," said a prosecutor. Brooks and Kay are accused of paying Defense employee Bettina Jordan-Barber some $160,000 in exchange for information between 2004 and 2011. More than 50 people have now been arrested in investigations tied to the ongoing British newspaper scandal; Brooks and others face trial next year.

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Nov 23, 2012 7:22 AM CST
I see England has the will to take on Murdock. With Murdock owner of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News he is able to make up the news as he sees fit to get the results he wants. All this lady was doing is what her boss Murdock told her to do. Murdock is the number one enemy of the working class.
Nov 20, 2012 5:32 PM CST
This redheaded bitch is going down. As will her soon to be dyke cellmate.
Nov 20, 2012 10:02 AM CST
How long do you suppose it will be before Brooks and Coulson spill their guts and implicate Murdock as the brains behind this scandal? I don't believe that Brooks could shell out $160,000 in bribes without Murdock knowing of and approving it.