UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal

British prosecutors announce 19 charges
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2012 6:15 AM CDT
UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, left, accompanied by her husband Charlie Brooks, leaves after appearing in court in London, Friday, June 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

British authorities have announced 19 charges over the tabloid phone hacking scandal, and they're targeting some of the biggest names in the case. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former communications chief Andy Coulson will both be charged with conspiring to "intercept communications." Also facing the conspiracy charges are former News of the World honchos Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, Ian Edmondson, and James Weatherup, as well as private detective Glenn Mulcaire, the BBC reports.

The charges, tied to phone hacking that took place between 2001 and 2006, cite a conspiracy "to intercept ... the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them." Among targets listed in the charges are murdered girl Milly Dowler, a number of British officials, and celebrities including Paul McCartney, Heather Mills, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and more, according to the Guardian, which has the full charges. (More Rebekah Brooks stories.)

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