Two top ex-Murdoch journalists face UK phone-hacking charges

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:13

London: Two former senior journalists at Rupert Murdoch`s defunct British tabloid the News of the World will be charged with conspiring to hack phones, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Neil Wallis, the paper`s former deputy editor, and ex-features editor Jules Stenson will make their first appearance in court in London on August 21.

Gregor McGill of the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "sufficient evidence" for a realistic prospect of conviction.
The announcement comes three weeks after former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months after a lengthy phone hacking trial.

Another former editor of the tabloid, Rebekah Brooks, was cleared of all charges at the trial, along with her husband and three other people.
Four other former journalists received shorter sentences for hacking the mobile phone voicemails of thousands of royals, celebrities and politicians.

Murdoch shut the News of the World in 2011 after it emerged that what was then Britain`s biggest selling paper had illegally accessed the voice mails of a murdered schoolgirl.

AFP

First Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 17:13

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