Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges

Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2012 7:00 AM CST

(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.

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.
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)
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