(Adds Wallis, News UK reaction)
LONDON, July 30 Two more senior journalists from
Rupert Murdoch's defunct British tabloid the News of the World
have been charged with phone-hacking, prosecutors said on
Wednesday, weeks after the paper's former editor was jailed for
Neil Wallis, the paper's former deputy editor, and former
features editor Jules Stenson, have been charged with conspiracy
to intercept voicemails on mobile phones of well-known figures
or people close to them, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
Andy Coulson, who edited the paper from 2003 until 2007
before working as Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief,
was jailed on July 4 for 18 months for encouraging staff to hack
phones in a bid to get exclusive stories.
His trial, one of the most expensive of its kind in British
legal history, heard that thousands of victims from celebrities
to politicians and victims of crime were targeted by the paper.
Minutes after he was convicted, Cameron apologised for
Outrage at the paper's activities forced Murdoch to close
the paper in 2011 when the scale of the crimes came to light,
since when dozens of reporters from his British tabloids have
been arrested over allegations of criminal activity.
Four other former journalists and a private detective have
also admitted phone-hacking while working for the News of the
A week ago, the CPS decided not to take action against six
other staff. Prosecutors are still considering whether corporate
charges should be brought against News Corp.'s British
arm, formerly known as News International (NI).
"I'm devastated that more than three years after my initial
arrest, this swingeing indiscriminate charge had been brought
against me," Wallis said on Twitter.
"Perhaps it is inevitable that after being such an outspoken
critic of the collateral damage and pain caused by this
needlessly vindictive and enormously costly investigation, the
ire has been turned on me for something that occurred at NI of
which I knew nothing and which I have always said was wrong."
News UK, as Murdoch's British paper business is now known,
said it had no comment on the charges while Stenson could not be
reached for comment.
Wallis and Stenson are due to appear at London's Westminster
Magistrates' court on Aug. 21.
(Editing by Louise Ireland)