Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks face corrupt payment charges

Former NotW editors among five people to be charged as result of Operation Elveden

LAST UPDATED AT 12:51 ON Tue 20 Nov 2012

ANDY COULSON, David Cameron's former spin doctor, and Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International, will both face charges over alleged corrupt payments to public officials, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.
 
They are among five people to be charged as part of an investigation codenamed Operation Elveden that looked at payments made by News International staff.
 
Coulson, who was editor of the News of the World before joining Cameron's team, will be charged with two conspiracies alongside the paper's former royal correspondent Clive Goodman. "The allegations relate to the request and authorisation of payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a Palace phone directory known as the 'Green Book' containing contact details for the Royal Family," said the CPS.
 
The Daily Telegraph explains that the directory in question "includes home numbers for senior royals including the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal as well as the landline and mobile numbers of all royal household staff".
 
Brooks, who edited The Sun between 2003 and 2009, has been accused of one conspiracy along with John Kay, a senior reporter at the paper, and a Ministry of Defence employee, Bettina Jordan-Barber. It is alleged that between 2004 and 2011 Barber was paid approximately £100,000 to provide information to the paper which formed the basis of news stories.
 
The Metropolitan police have arrested 52 people, including 21 Sun journalists, as part of Operation Elveden. Before today only one person, a detective accused of leaking information about the phone hacking inquiry to the News of the World, had been charged.
 
Coulson, Brooks and the others will "appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on a date to be determined", said the CPS.
 
The corruption probe has been running alongside two other police investigations centring on News International, explains The Daily Mail. Operation Weeting is looking at allegations of phone hacking, while Operation Tuleta is a splinter investigation, studying claims about other privacy breaches.
 
Coulson and Brooks are among eight people who face charges related to phone hacking. · 

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