A former tabloid newspaper editor at the centre of the British phone-hacking scandal that has shaken the political establishment has been charged with interfering with the police investigation.
Rebekah Brooks is accused of concealing documents and computers.
Four other people, including Brooks’ husband Charlie, also face charges.
“I have concluded that in relation to all suspects, except the seventh, that is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction,” said Alison Levitt, Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Rebekah Brooks, once a rising star in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, has condemned what she called a “weak and unjust decision” to prosecute.
The charges all relate to the inquiry into practices at the Sun and News of the World – closed last year because of the scandal.
Police are investigating whether journalists routinely hacked phones and made illegal payments to generate stories.
The case has highlighted a cosy relationship between the press and top politicians, embarrassing Prime Minister David Cameron who, as a close friend of Brooks, sent her text messages of support.