British police on Tuesday charged Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, a high profile couple close to Prime Minister David Cameron, with attempting to hide evidence on phone hacking and corrupting police and other officials.
Rebekah Brooks is ex-chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International company and is close to the media tycoon. Her husband, horse-trainer Charlie Brooks, is a friend of the PM.
Also charged were four other News International employees, including Rebekah's personal assistant Cheryl Carter.
All six were charged with hiding documents, computers and other electronic equipment from police who are pursuing two separate lines of inquiry. One concerns charges that journalists at two New International tabloids hacked into telephones, including that of 13-year-old murder victim Millie Dowler. Rebekah Brooks was editor of both tabloids.
The second probe is into allegations that News International journalists bribed police and government officers for stories.
"We deplore this weak and unjust decision," the couple said in a statement after appearing in separate police stations as part of their bail conditions following their arrest in March.