The former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been released from prison after serving nearly five months after being found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones. He had been sentenced to 18 months by the Old Bailey in July 2014.
His predecessor Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.
After News of the World Coulson became director of communications for the prime minister, who has since apologised and said hiring him was “the wrong decision”.
Royals, celebrities and victims of crime were among those whose phones were hacked by the News of the World.
The paper was closed by its parent company, News International, in July 2011 after it emerged that it had instructed a private investigator to intercept – or “hack” – voice mails left on the mobile phone of murdered Surrey teenager Milly Dowler in 2002.
Police say thousands of people’s phones were targeted, and BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman said Coulson’s conviction showed a “widespread criminal conspiracy going to a very, very senior level” at the News of the World.
The trial began hearing evidence on phone hacking following revelations in summer of 2011.
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