Roll up, roll up, roll up and settle down for the biggest media circus since Princess Diana died.
Rebekah Brooks and her husband, Charlie, are being charged with perverting the course of justice as part of the phone hacking inquiry. Rebekah, or Becki, (she is not known to her friends as Becki, but I like it, so why not) Brooks is facing three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice while her husband faces two.
They said: “We deplore this weak and unjust decision.”
The charges refer to alleged offences in July last year including hiding documents and ‘pooters from the fuzz.
The couple are the first to be charged in the 18 month inquiry.
Becki Brooks’s PA, Cheryl Carter, her chauffeur, Paul Edwards, security staff member Daryl Jorsling and News International head of security Mark Hanna are also being charged with the same offence.
The Brook’s said: “We have this morning been informed by the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions that we are to be charged with perverting the course of justice.”
Followed by: “After the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS we will respond later today after our return from the police station.”
The CPS barrister – Alison Levitt, QC, said that it was all “in the interests of transparency and accountability”.
Becki Brooks was arrested on 13 March as part of Operation Weeting.
On the second charge, Chezza Carter and Becki Brooks are accused of conspiring to remove seven boxes of material from the News International archive between 6 and 9 July.
Then in a third charge, Chaz and Becki Brooks, Messrs Hanna, Edwards and Jorsling are accused of conspiring to conceal documents, computers and other electronic equipment from the fuzz between 15 and 19 July.
A seventh suspect who has not been named and who also provided security for Becki Brooks, will not be charged.
Soooooooo speculate, speculate – will David Cameron resign now? On the 10th July 2011 I wrote about how Becki Brooks was the White Witch out of the Chronicles of Narnia and so I wonder now does that make David Cameron, Edmund tucking into Becki’s, err I mean The White Witch’s Turkish Delight – LOL?