FILE This Wednesday, June 13, 2012 file photo shows Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International, leaving Westminster Magistrates' Courts after she was granted bail on charges of attempting to cover up tabloid phone-hacking, London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
LONDON (AP) — Officials have charged the British prime minister's former media aide and the ex-chief of Rupert Murdoch's News International with bribery offenses.
Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday that Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks were among four people being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
The charges stem from the phone hacking scandal that erupted last year at Murdoch's News of the World tabloid, which both Brooks and Coulson used to edit.
The tabloid was closed down after it became clear that journalists at the Sunday paper routinely used bribery and other illegal methods to get scoops.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.