Former executives from Rupert Murdoch's media company News UK have been censured by Parliament for their conduct in the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal.
The House of Commons Privileges Committee found that Colin Myler, the former editor of the News of the World and Tom Crone – the company's legal affairs manager – misled Parliament.
The committee found them both in “contempt of the House” and could now impose tough sanctions on the pair.
MPs on the committee found that Mr Myler and Mr Crone are guilty of “answering questions falsely about […] knowledge of evidence that other News of the World employees had been involved in phone‐hacking and other wrongdoing”.
The powerful committee has the power to order sanctions against the company, which was formally known as News International.
Three former senior executives at the company were in 2012 accused of misleading the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee during its investigation of the events.
The committee has the power to summon people to the Commons to apologise for misleading Parliament. However, it is understood that it can also consider fines or even imprisonment.
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