Nov 20 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
DAVID Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will be charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
The Crown Prosecution Service said five people are to face action as part of the inquiry, called Operation Elveden.
They include Coulson and former News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman, who are to be charged with two conspiracies relating to the request and authorisation of alleged payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a royal phone directory known as the “Green Book”.
It contained contact details for the royal family and members of the household.
Brooks, who was editor of the Sun between January 14, 2003 and September 1, 2009, is also facing charges, along with former Sun chief reporter John Kay and Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan Barber.
The three are accused of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office between January 1, 2004 and January 31, 2012.
It relates to information allegedly provided by Barber to the Sun in return for payments of around £100,000.
So far, 52 people have been arrested as part of Operation Elveden, two of whom – a retired police officer and a former journalist – have been told they will face no further action.
A counter-terrorism detective had already been charged and is due to face trial in January.
Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn is accused of leaking information to the now-defunct News of the World about the police inquiry into whether to reopen the investigation into phone hacking.