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article imageCameron issues 'full and frank' apology over hiring Andy Coulson

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 24, 2014 in Politics
The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has issued an apology after former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was found guilty of phone-hacking charges.
Cameron told the BBC: "I am extremely sorry I employed him. It was the wrong decision. I gave someone a second chance and it turned out to be a bad decision."
Cameron had employed Coulson as his communications director, but the former NOTW editor was forced to resign that post in January 2011, as a result of the continued media coverage of the whole phone-hacking affair, hence Cameron's apology today, which he promised to give back in 2011 if Coulson were to be found guilty.
The Prime Minister was speaking after the Old Bailey verdict, which was delivered around lunchtime UK time today.
Coulson, who was the editor of the now defunct News of the World between 2000 and 2006, has been found guilty of several phone-hacking charges.
The former editor had denied three charges: "one of conspiring to hack phones; and two of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office by sanctioning payments to public officials for confidential royal phone directories," as reported by the Guardian.
"Extremely sorry"
In a statement issued shortly after the Old Bailey verdicts, Cameron said he took "full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson."
"I did so on the basis of undertakings I was given by him about phone hacking and those turn out not be the case," Cameron said. "I always said if they turned out to be wrong, I would make a full and frank apology and I do that today. I am extremely sorry that I employed him. It was the wrong decision."
Cameron was asked what checks he had made before employing Coulson. The Prime Minister that he had "asked him questions, if he knew about phone hacking, and he said he didn't and I accepted those assurances and I gave him the job."
Coulson's co-defendant, Rebekah Brooks, has been found not guilty on all charges, as has her husband Charlie Brooks, her secretary Cheryl Carter, and the former NOTW managing editor, Stuart Kuttner.
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