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Murdoch’s millstones. Brooks Charged.

Posted by Charles II on May 15, 2012

Rebekah Brooks has been formally charged:

The Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police Service on 27th March 2012 in relation to seven suspects:

* Rebekah Brooks;
* [her husband] Charles Brooks;
* Cheryl Carter – Mrs Brooks’ personal assistant;
*Mark Hanna – Head of Security at News International;
* Paul Edwards – Mrs Brooks’ chauffeur who was employed by News International;
* Daryl Jorsling and a seventh suspect – both of whom provided security for Mrs Brooks supplied by News International.

“All the evidence has now carefully been considered.

“Applying the two-stage test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors I have concluded that in relation to all suspects except the seventh, there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction.

“I then considered the second stage of the test, and I have concluded that a prosecution is required in the public interest in relation to each of the other six.

“All seven suspects have this morning been informed of my decisions.

“They are all due to answer their bail at police stations later today. When they do so, they will be charged as follows:

CHARGE 1 – CONSPIRACY TO PERVERT THE COURSE OF JUSTICE

Rebekah Brooks between 6th July and 19th July 2011 conspired with Charles Brooks, Cheryl Carter, Mark Hanna, Paul Edwards, Daryl Jorsling and persons unknown to conceal material from officers of the Metropolitan Police Service.

CHARGE 2 – CONSPIRACY TO PERVERT THE COURSE OF JUSTICE

Rebekah Brooks and Cheryl Carter between 6th July and 9th July 2011 conspired together permanently to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International.

CHARGE 3 – CONSPIRACY TO PERVERT THE COURSE OF JUSTICE

Rebekah Brooks, Charles Brooks, Mark Hanna, Paul Edwards and Daryl Jorsling conspired together and with persons unknown, between 15th July and 19th July 2011, to conceal documents, computers and other electronic equipment from officers of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Via Ritholtz, an article from Amy Chozick, NYT

A former News Corporation subsidiary, a Moscow-based billboard company called News Outdoor Russia, is the subject of an F.B.I. inquiry into whether the company bribed local officials to advance its business. The findings of that investigation could prove a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, according to a person briefed on the inquiry. News Corporation sold the company in July to a bank controlled by the Kremlin.

The hacking scandal has delivered a blow to News Corporation’s push into the potentially lucrative education sector….In November 2010, News Corporation paid $360 million for a 90 percent stake in Wireless Generation, an education technology company ….

In August, Wireless Generation lost its $27 million no-bid contract to develop educational software for New York schools….

In Turkey, News Corporation, which already operates several Turkish television stations, is one of three bidders for the country’s second-largest media group, Sabah-ATV, which is valued at $700 million to $1 billion. A deal would add to its portfolio of international pay TV stations, which includes Sky Deutschland in Germany and Sky Italia in Italy.

But the bid could face regulatory opposition in Turkey as a result of the scandal.

4 Responses to “Murdoch’s millstones. Brooks Charged.”

  1. So much for the “few bad apples” nonsense.

  2. MarkH said

    International business and bribing goes hand in hand, so we can imagine many other kinds of businesses doing the same…only not getting caught. How difficult would it be to grow internationally when you’re, (sorry) a corporation is expected to pay bribes for entre everywhere?

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