Andy Coulson Leaves High-Security Prison

The former News of the World editor will spend the rest of his phone-hacking sentence in another British institution

Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor and former communications director for British Prime Minister David Cameron, has been moved from a high-security prison to another U.K. prison.

The move from Belmarsh Prison in southeast London to a so-called open prison came on Tuesday, about nine weeks after Coulson was convicted in the phone-hacking trial of being part of a hacking conspiracy, The Guardian reported. 

The paper said Coulson was considered a low risk to society, which allowed for the transfer. It didn't provide details on the new institution to which he was moved.

Coulson, 46, shared a cell with two other prisoners at the high-security prison and was locked up for 22-24 hours per day, according to media reports.

The former top executive at the U.K. newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp was in July sentenced to 18 months in prison after a jury found him guilty.

The jury cleared several others, led by former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, of all charges.

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