Andy Coulson To Face Retrial Over Bribery Allegations

DAVID CAMERON’S former adviser Andy Coulson was told yesterday he was to face retrial for misconduct in public office after allegedly bribing policemen for information.

The one-time editor of the disgraced News of the World (NotW) newspaper Mr Coulson is in court awaiting sentencing after the jury found him guilty of plotting to hack phones between 2000 and 2006.

The jury at the Old Bailey could not decide last week whether Mr Coulson was liable for paying police officers for royal directories.

But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced yesterday that it will seek further prosecution.

“The CPS has taken the position to proceed with the retrial,” said prosecution leader Andrew Edis QC.

Campaigners saw the decision as an opportunity to unveil the true scale of the hacking scandal.

“Corruption in British policing has been endemic for many decades,” said civil liberties group JusticeNow director Michael Doherty.

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