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British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months on months on Friday for being complicit in widespread phone-hacking by journalists to obtain scoops at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid he edited.
Coulson, editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper from 2003-2007, was convicted last week of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones following a high-profile eight-month trial at London's Old Bailey court.
The prime minister, who has apologised for having hired Coulson, said of the sentence: "What this says is that it's right that justice should be done and that no one is above the law.” Opposition leader Ed Miliband has criticised Cameron for bringing a “criminal into the heart of Downing Street”.
The maximum sentence the 46-year-old could have faced was two years but the judge said he had taken into account Coulson's good character. He showed no reaction as the sentence was read out in a packed Court.