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Further phone hacking charges

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The Crown Prosecution Service said on Wednesday that Lee Sandell is to be charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged phone hacking. 

Mr Sandell will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on the 13th September accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice together with Rebekah Brooks, the former News International Chief Executive, and four others, and the allegation is that they acted together to conceal documents, computers and other devices from the police.  Mr Sandell is a former News International security guard. 

Alison Levitt QC, principal legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions said "The CPS received a file of evidence in relation to Lee Sandell from the Metropolitan Police Service on the 9th August 2012.  This file of evidence arose from Operation Sacha, the investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice.  Mr Sandell was employed by News International in a security role.  We have concluded, having carefully considered the file of evidence, that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to charge Mr Sandell with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice".

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.