Rebekah Brooks, former CEO of Rupert Murdoch's News International, has today been charged with three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in the ongoing phone-hacking investigation. The UK Crown Prosecution Service announced in a televised statement that Mrs Brooks, along with her husband and another four News International employees, had been found guilty of conspiring against the Metropolitan Police investigations by concealing evidence in July 2011. The date they will appear at the Westminster Magistrates' Court is to be determined.
Operations Weeting and Elveden were launched last year to investigate allegations of phone-hacking and illegal payments to police by News International journalists, respectively. Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of News of the World from 2000-2003 and The Sun until 2009, is among the first to be charged in the ongoing investigations.
Click here to watch the CPS announcement of the charges and read an analysis by The Guardian.