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British PM Cameron's former aide Coulson faces jail in hacking case

Published on Jul 4, 2014 11:36 AM
 
Former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London on June 30, 2014. Andy Coulson, a former top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, faces jail on Friday when he is sentenced for his role in the phone-hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Andy Coulson, a former top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, faces jail on Friday when he is sentenced for his role in the phone-hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

Four ex-colleagues of the former newspaper editor will also be sentenced by a judge at London's Old Bailey court over the industrial-scale hacking of the voicemails of thousands of people including royals, celebrities and politicians.

They all face up to two years in jail under British law.

The sentencing will revive an embarrassing issue for Cameron, who was forced to make a public apology after Coulson was found guilty on June 24 following a marathon eight-month trial.

 
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