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UK PM's ex-aide Coulson jailed for 18 months for phone hacking

Published on Jul 4, 2014 5:40 PM
 

LONDON (AFP) - Andy Coulson, a former top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was jailed for 18 months on Friday for his role in the phone-hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid. 

The sentence passed by a judge at the Old Bailey court in London caps a stunning fall from grace for Coulson, the ex-editor of the newspaper, who once enjoyed access to the heights of the British establishment.

Former News of the World news editor Greg Miskiw and chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck were each sentenced to six months imprisonment, while journalist James Weatherup and private detective Glenn Mulcaire each received suspended sentences.

Murdoch shut the tabloid in disgrace in 2011 after it emerged it had become what prosecutors called a “criminal enterprise” that hacked the voicemails of royals, politicians, celebrities and even a murdered schoolgirl.

Former Editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson arrives for sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London on July 4, 2014. Andy Coulson, a former top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was jailed for 18 months on Friday, July 4, 2014, for his role in the phone-hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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