Brooks charged over hacking scandal
Rebekah Brooks has said she is "baffled" by the "injust and weak" decision to charge her with perverting the course of justice during the phone-hacking scandal.
Appearing alongside her husband Charlie, who has also been charged, the former News International chief executive dismissed the case as an "expensive sideshow" and said she could not express her "anger" enough that those closest to her had been "dragged into" the case.
"Whilst I have always respected the criminal justice system," she said, "I have to question today whether the decision was made on a proper impartial assessment of the evidence. I understand, and know, that there needs to be a proper and thorough investigation, and I am baffled by the decision to charge me today.
"One day the details of this case will emerge and people will see today as nothing more than an expensive sideshow, a waste of public money, as a result of an injust and weak decision."
The Crown Prosecution Service this morning confirmed the pair had been charged, along with four others. A seventh suspect has been released without charge.
The allegations do not relate to the main phone hacking claims, but are part of a wider investigation into whether there were attempts within News International to ‘cover up’ evidence.
A statement from the Crown Prosecution service said: "In relation to all suspects except the 7th there is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction".
Police investigating illegal payments to public officials have also confirmed the arrest of a man and a woman at their home in north London this morning.