Phone-hacking scandal: who's been charged?

Profiles of the eight people charged with alleged phone-hacking

The Crown Prosecution Service has said that eight people will be charged relating to alleged phone-hacking. They include the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, and David Cameron's former director of communcations Andy Coulson.

The charges are part of Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police investigation into the phone-hacking scandal, which led to the closure of the News of the World in July 2011.

All, with the exception of Glenn Mulcaire, will be charged with conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority.

Here are profiles of the eight people who have been charged:

Rebekah BrooksAP Photo, Sang Tan

Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks edited the News of the World from 2000 to 2003 and the Sun from 2003 to 2009. She was editor at the News of the World while the illegal hacking of mobile phones was allegedly taking place.

Both newspapers belonged to Rupert Murdoch's media company News International. Mrs Brooks became chief executive of the company in September 2009, but resigned in July 2011 during the phone-hacking scandal. Two days after her resignation she was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of making corrupt payments to public officials. She was arrested again in March 2012 on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

She is facing two charges. The first relates to the voicemails of the late Milly Dowler, the second to the voicemails of Andrew Gilchrist, former leader of the Fire Brigades Union.

Rebekah Brooks issued a statement following the announcement of the charges:

"I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship. I am distressed and angry that the CPS have reached this decision when they knew all the facts and were in a position to stop the case at this stage. The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime. I will vigorously defend these allegations."

Andy CoulsonStefan Rousseau, PA Wire

Andy Coulson

Andy Coulson edited the News of the World from 2003 until 2007, when he resigned following the conviction of the paper's royal correspondent Clive Goodman for phone-hacking.

Later in 2007 Mr Coulson became the Conservative party's director of communications, and after the 2010 general election held the same post working for the government at Downing Street. He resigned from this position in January 2011 after renewed speculation over his role in the phone-hacking scandal.

Mr Coulson was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in July 2011 "in connection with allegations of corruption and phone-hacking". He was questioned under caution and released later the same day on police bail. He was subsequently detained and charged with perjury by Strathclyde Police in May 2012.

Andy Coulson will face four charges, relating to the following victims:

  • Milly Dowler
  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
  • The Rt Hon Charles Clarke
  • Calum Best

Stuart KuttnerJeff Moore, Empics Entertainment

Stuart Kuttner

Stuart Kuttner was managing editor of News of the World for 22 years until 2009. He had previously worked as the paper's deputy editor. Mr Kuttner was arrested in August 2011 in connection with the phone-hacking scandal and later released on bail.

He will face two charges relating to:

  • Milly Dowler
  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP

Ian EdmondsonAP Photo, Lefteris Pitarakis

Ian Edmondson

Ian Edmondson worked at the News of the World from 2004-11, becoming the paper's news editor. He was suspended from his job in January 2011 after being implicated in the phone-hacking scandal and later sacked. He was arrested as part of the police investigation into phone-hacking in April 2011 and subsequently released on bail.

He will face 11 charges, relating to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
  • The Rt Hon Charles Clarke
  • Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller
  • Mark Oaten
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Calum Best
  • The Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills
  • The Rt Hon Lord Prescott
  • Professor John Tulloch
  • Lord Frederick Windsor
  • Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Greg Miskiw

Greg Miskiw worked as an assistant news editor for the News of the World from 2001-05. Earlier in his career he had worked for the Sunday Mirror and Daily Mirror. He was arrested in August 2011 as part of the investigation into phone-hacking and was released on police bail the following day.

Greg Miskiw will face nine charges, relating to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • Milly Dowler
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson
  • Abigail Titmuss and John Leslie
  • Andrew Gilchrist
  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
  • Delia Smith
  • The Rt Hon Charles Clarke
  • Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller
  • Wayne Rooney

James Weatherup

James Weatherup was in charge of the News of the World news desk from 2004-06, before taking a senior reporting role at the paper. He had worked for the News of the World in the 1990s, before leaving to work at the Sunday People and Sunday Mirror. He was persuaded to return to the News of the World by Andy Coulson. Mr Weatherup was arrested as part of Operation Weeting in April 2011 and later released on bail.

James Weatherup will face seven charges in relation to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
  • The Rt Hon Charles Clarke
  • Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
  • Wayne Rooney
  • The Rt Hon Lord Prescott
  • Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills

Neville ThurlbeckChris Radburn, PA Wire

Neville Thurlbeck

Neville Thurlbeck worked for the News of the World as investigations news editor, news editor and finally chief reporter. In 2004 he was responsible for breaking a story that alleged David Beckham was having an affair, and also a story concerning details of Max Mosley's private life that resulted in the paper being sued. He was arrested in April 2011 as part of Operation Weeting, and sacked from News International in September 2011.

Neville Thurlbeck will face seven charges in relation to the following victims or groups of victims:

  • Milly Dowler
  • Sven-Goran Eriksson
  • The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
  • The Rt Hon Charles Clarke
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
  • Mark Oaten
  • The Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP and David Mills

Glenn MulcaireStefan Rousseau, PA Wire

Glenn Mulcaire

Glenn Mulcaire is a private investigator who was found guilty in January 2007 of illegally intercepting voicemail messages from Clarence House, official residence of the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. He pleaded guilty and was imprisoned for six months.

Glenn Mulcaire does not face a charge of conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority. However, he will face four charges, relating to:

  • Milly Dowler
  • Andrew Gilchrist
  • Delia Smith
  • The Rt Hon Charles Clarke