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Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson Could Face Jail

July 25, 2012

They’re hardly two of the world’s more endearing characters.

Former News Corporation employees the ever petulant redhead Rebekah Books and smarmy former Government media adviser Andy Coulson have finally been swept up in the Murdoch News of the World phone hacking scandal and now face charges of conspiring to hack the phone of the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

A total of seven senior News of the World journalists are being charged with conspiring to intercept the voicemails of a total of 600 victims.

Glenn Mulcaire, the paper’s private detective, will also face charges in relation four victims including the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke and TV cook Delia Smith.

These are the first charges for phone hacking to emerge since 2006 when the News of the World royal editor, Clive Goodman, was prosecuted for hacking the phones of three royal aides.

Rupert Murdoch closed the News of the World in July last year after it emerged that the Sunday paper had hacked the mobile phone of Milly Dowler.

All seven journalists – including former managing editor Stuart Kuttner and news editor Ian Edmondson – will be charged with offences under the 1977 Criminal Law Act.

They are also all charged with additional conspiracy to intercept communications offences linked to specific victims.

Under these additional offences, Coulson – who became head of communications for the Prime Minister David Cameron – is being charged with conspiring to hack the phones of Milly Dowler, Calum Best, Charles Clarke and David Blunkett.

Brooks, News International’s chief executive until last July, is being charged with conspiring to hack the phones of Milly Dowler and the former FBU leader Andrew Gilchrist.

The full charge sheet looks something like this:

CHARGE 1

Rebekah Brooks, Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 3rd day of October 2000 and the 9th day of August 2006  conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman and persons unknown,  to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of well-known people and those associated with them, including but not limited to those whose names appear on schedule 1.

CHARGE 2

Rebekah Brooks, Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Glenn Mulcaire, Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlbeck, between the 9th day of April 2002 and the 21st day of April 2002, conspired together and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Amanda Dowler, also known as Milly Dowler.

CHARGE 3

Greg Miskiw and Neville Thurlbeck, between 13th day of May 2002 and the 29th day of June 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Sven-Goran Eriksson and persons associated with Sven-Goran Eriksson, including Faria Alam.

CHARGE 4

Greg Miskiw between the 22nd day of October  2002 and the 21st day of July 2006, conspired with Glenn Mulcaire  and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie  and those associated with Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie, including Matthew McGuiness..

CHARGE 5

Rebekah Brooks, Glenn Mulcaire and Greg Miskiw, between the 3rd day of December 2002 and the 22nd day of January 2003, conspired together and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Andrew Gilchrist.

CHARGE 6

Andrew Coulson, Stuart Kuttner, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 1st day of  January 2004 and the 29th day of July 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with The Right Honourable David Blunkett MP, including some or all of the following: Kimberley Quinn, Sally King (nee Anderson), Andrew King,  John Anderson and Jason Carey

CHARGE 7

Glenn Mulcaire and Greg Miskiw, between the 28th day of February 2005 and the 12th day of March 2005 conspired together and with persons unknown to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Delia Smith and of persons associated with Delia Smith, including  Michael Wynn-Jones and Ian Christmas.

CHARGE 8

Andrew Coulson, Glenn Mulcaire, Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 6h day of April 2005 and the 22nd  day of June 2005, conspired together and with persons unknown to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with The Right Honourable Charles Clarke, who included either or both of the following: Hannah Pawlby and Lucy Pawlby.

CHARGE 9

Greg Miskiw, Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup between the 1st day of July 2005 and the 1st day of June 2006, conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of  Jude Law and persons associated with Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller, who included some or all of the following:  Jade Schmidt, Archie Keswick and Ben Jackson.

CHARGE 10

Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup, between the 5th day of July 2005 and the  4th day of May 2006, conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who included Eunice Huthart.

CHARGE 11

Ian Edmondson and Neville Thurlbeck, between the 9th day of January 2006 and the 6th day of May 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Mark Oaten.

CHARGE 12

Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup, between the 17th day of January 2006 and the 1st day of August 2006, conspired together, and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Wayne Rooney and persons associated with Wayne Rooney, who included either or both of the following:  Laura Jane Rooney and Patricia Tierney.

CHARGE 13

Greg Miskiw, between the 17th day of January 2006 and 1st day of August 2006  conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Wayne Rooney and persons associated with Wayne Rooney, who included either or both of the following: Laura Jane Rooney and Patricia Tierney

CHARGE 14

Andrew Coulson and Ian Edmondson, between the 23 March  2006 and the 21st  day of May 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Calum Best.

CHARGE 15

Ian Edmondson and Neville Thurlbeck between the 2nd day of March 2006 and the 26th day of July 2006, conspired with Greg Mulcaire and with persons unknown to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of The Right Honourable Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

CHARGE 16

Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup, between the 24th day of April 2006 and the 22nd day of June 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of persons associated with The Right Honourable Lord Prescott, who included some or all of the following:  Tracey Temple, Joan Hammell  and Alan Schofield

CHARGE 17

Ian Edmondson, between the 25th day of April 2006 and the 15th day of May 2006, conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Professor John Tulloch and persons associated with Professor John Tulloch, who included some or all  of the following: John Davies, Maire Messenger Davies and Janet Andrew.

CHARGE 18

Ian Edmondson, between the 25th day of April 2006 and the 1st day of June 2006, conspired with Glenn Mulcaire and persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Lord Fredrick Windsor.

CHARGE 19

Ian Edmondson and James Weatherup, between the 15th day of May 2006 and the 29th day of June 2006, conspired together and with Glenn Mulcaire and with persons unknown, to intercept communications in the course of their transmission, without lawful authority, namely the voicemail messages of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, and of persons associated with Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, including some or all of the following: Fiona Mills, Stuart Bell, Alan Edwards and Chris Terrill.

…and the accused

Rebekah Brooks

The former editor of both the NOTW and ‘The Sun’ later became chief executive of News International but resigned over the scandal.

Andy Coulson

Another former NOTW editor, he was David Cameron’s director of communications at No 10 until pressure forced him out.

Stuart Kuttner

As managing editor of NOTW for 22 years, he had a crucial role dealing with money and staffing until resigning in 2009. One former editor said his “DNA is absolutely integrated into the newspaper”.

Greg Miskiw

Former news editor at NOTW, he worked under both Brooks and Coulson at the tabloid. In 2005 he joined a Manchester news agency and then left the country to live in Florida – until being arrested in the States.

Ian Edmondson

Another former NOTW news editor, his lawyers said yesterday he only learnt of charges on TV.

Neville Thurlbeck

A former chief reporter at the NOTW, he had a 21-year career there in various senior writing positions.

James Weatherup

Another former news editor, he worked at NOTW under Coulson’s editorship, whom he was close to.

Glenn Mulcaire

The private investigator was employed by NOTW for several years. Known as “Trigger” from his footballing days at AFC Wimbledon.

Both Brooks and Coulson have stated that they intend to fight the charges.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Splatterbottom permalink
    July 25, 2012 2:44 pm

    People need to be accountable for their actions, particularly those journalists who may have developed some sense of impunity by virtue of their connections to the rich and powerful.

    If this lot are convicted the sentences need to reflect the seriousness of the offences. The sentences should also send a message to journalists who think they have a superior right to invade the privacy of citizens. The cops involved in this deserve serious sentences as well. They were the very people charged with upholding the law and protecting peoples’ rights to privacy.

    Bringing journalism into disrepute like this gives a free kick to the anti-free speech fascists who want government censorship of the media. These charges indicate that what is needed is not more laws, but better enforcement of existing laws.

    And in Australia the police should be investigating whether and what coercion was applied by Gillard to procure the sacking of journalists investigating her grubby past.

  2. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 25, 2012 9:26 pm

    Why is it that I find “the ever petulant redhead Rebekah Brooks” so appealing?

    ..and certainly it’s not a redhead thing, it’s more of a feisty flame haired thing.

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