Ex-News Corp. Journalist Charged in U.K. Phone-Hacking Probe

U.K. prosecutors said they will charge Daniel Evans, a former journalist at News Corp. (NWSA)’s News of the World, with four offenses linked to phone-hacking and bribery investigations.

Evans is also charged with perverting the course of justice, the Crown Prosecution Service said in statement on its website today. The charges are the first as part of a U.K police investigation into the illegal interception of voicemail messages in more than a year.

News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers are the focus of wide-ranging investigations over the past three years that have uncovered allegations of phone hacking and bribery. The News of the World was closed by News Corp. in 2011 after revelations that the tabloid had listened to messages on the phone of a murdered school girl.

“There is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Daniel Evans with four offenses in connection with the phone hacking investigations,” Gregor McGill, a lawyer at the CPS, said in the statement.

Evans, originally arrested in August 2011, is scheduled to appear at a London court tomorrow. A spokesman at News Corp.’s U.K. unit declined to immediately comment on the charges.

Trinity Mirror Plc tabloids were pulled into the U.K. scandals in March when police arrested four journalists linked to the newspaper, opening a new front in the investigation.

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