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British PM's former aide sentenced to 18 months over phone hacking

English.news.cn   2014-07-04 19:33:15

LONDON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The Central Criminal Court, known as Old Bailey announced Friday that Andy Coulson has been sentenced in jail for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones.

The 46-year-old man, who was a former editor of News of the World and also British Prime Minister Cameron's former communications director, was found guilty at the Old Bailey last week.

Four others, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, ex-news editor Greg Miskiw were sentenced in jail for six months.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and former reporter James Weatherup were given six-month and four-month suspended sentences respectively.

Last week, Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International and Coulson's predecessor at News of the World, was cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking affair.

Cameron has apologized for hiring Coulson while the Labor Party said he brought "a criminal into the heart of Downing Street" since the court found Coulson guilty last week.

Editor: Fu Peng
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