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U.K. Prosecutors Get New Evidence From Police in Hacking Probe

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June 18 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. prosecutors will decide whether to charge two journalists in relation to the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s British unit after receiving new evidence from London police.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service, which has been probing illegal voice-mail interceptions by News Corp. reporters since January 2011, gave the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service evidence on a sixth and seventh journalist on June 15 as part of the probe known as Operation Weeting. The journalists weren’t identified by the CPS.

The agency received evidence on June 11 on five journalists who are suspects in the case. Police have arrested more than 50 people in three probes into phone hacking, computer hacking and bribery of public officials involving News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid and its Sun newspaper, the best-selling daily title in Britain.

Prosecutors said they are unable to give any timetable on how soon they could reach decisions on charging the suspects.

The cases “are being considered very carefully and thoroughly, and the decisions will be made as soon as is practicable,” CPS spokesman Calum Grant said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lindsay Fortado in London at lfortado@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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