Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson Charged in News Corp Bribery Probe - Corruption Currents - WSJ


U.K. prosecutors said they will charge two former executives of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit and others as part of a bribery probe.

Prosecutors said they will charge Rebekah Brooks, former editor of tabloid The Sun who later rose to helm News International, the U.K. newspaper unit, with “conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.”

The charge relates to a 100,000 pound bribe allegedly paid by the paper to a former defense ministry official in exchange for information that “formed the basis of a series of news stories” in the Sun, said Allison Levitt, principal legal adviser for the Crown Prosecution Service, in a statement.

Bettina Jordan-Barber, the defense ministry employee, and John Kay, chief reporter at The Sun from 1990 to 2011, were also charged with the same crime, prosecutors said.

Andy Coulson, who was editor of the now-shuttered weekly News of the World from 2003 to 2007, and Clive Goodman, the paper’s royal correspondent until 2007, were charged with two counts of “conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office,” prosecutors said, alleging that they requested and authorized payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a phone book containing contact details for members of the Royal Family.