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U.K. Prison Guard Charged Over News Corp. Tabloid Bribes

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Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Three reporters at News Corp.’s Sun tabloid and two former police officers were among eight people charged in a U.K. probe into bribes to public officials.

All were charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement today. Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky work for News Corp.’s Sun, Richard Brookes, a spokesman for the company, said today.

The charges stem from Operation Elveden, the bribery probe that grew out of an investigation into wrongdoing at News Corp. newspapers. All of the defendants will appear in a London court on March 10, the CPS said.

Sam Azouelos, a former Metropolitan Police officer in London, was charged with acting “without reasonable excuse or justification” in such a way as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust between 2006 and 2010, the CPS said. The MPS said another one of the defendants, Rosemary Collier, was also a former police officer in Tiverton, England.

The CPS said it decided not to file charges against three other people, without identifying them. The London police service said a total of six people were informed they wouldn’t be charged.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anthony Aarons in London at aaarons@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Chapman at pchapman10@bloomberg.net

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