THE TRIAL of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and other News International staff on charges of phone hacking and trying to corrupt public official (misconduct in a public office) began in London last Monday.
The eight defendants deny the charges at the Old Bailey. The trial concerns allegations of wrongdoing at the News of the World before it was closed down in July 2011 after claims that journalists had hacked the mobile phone of murder victim Milly Dowler.
Brooks was editor of the newspaper between 2000 and 2003 before being made editor of the Sun. She went on to become the chief executive of News International.
It is alleged that she conspired with others at the newspaper to intercept communications between October 2000 and August 2006 by listening to mobile phone messages.
She faces two further counts of allegedly making corrupt payments to public officials and two final accusations that she allegedly conspired to pervert the course of justice by removing and concealing evidence.
Coulson faces the same alleged phone hacking charge as Brooks. He and Clive Goodman, the newspaper’s former royal editor, face two counts of conspiring to make corrupt payments to public officials.