Britainís Crown Prosecution Service today alleged that Rebekah Brooks, former News International CEO and editor of the News of the World, attempted to hide evidence from authorities investigating the hacking scandal that has rocked the U.K.

Brooks and husband Charles, who was also charged, said they "deplore this weak and unjust decision after the further unprecedented posturing of the CPS." They were first told of the charges in January.

Alison Levitt, legal advisor to the CPS, announced the charges in the "interests of transparency and accountability."

Brooks and an assistant are accused of removing seven boxes of material from the archives of NI. She is charged with husband, chauffeur and a security consultant with concealing documents and computers from detectives.

Last week, Brooks, a mentee of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, testified about her close ties with British prime minister David Cameron.