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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

News of the World phone-hacking case opening delayed


News of the World phone-hacking case opening delayed

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson attend jury selection on Monday
The opening of the prosecution case against former News of the World journalists accused of phone hacking has been delayed until Wednesday.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and former News of the World editor Andy Coulson are accused of conspiring with others to listen to voicemails.
It is also alleged that Ms Brooks and Mr Coulson conspired to commit misconduct in a public office.
The eight defendants deny the charges.
Andy Coulson arrives at courtAndy Coulson also served as David Cameron's communications chief
Prosecution barrister Andrew Edis will begin his opening speech at 14:00 BST on Wednesday after the judge delayed the case 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.
Jury selection began on Monday and was expected to be completed on Tuesday morning. The trial could last up to six months.
Corrupt payments
Ms 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.
Rebekah Brooks arrives at courtRebekah Brooks was editor of the News of the World between 2000 and 2003
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.
Mr Coulson faces the same alleged phone-hacking charge as Ms Brooks. He and Clive Goodman, the newspaper’s former royal editor, face two counts of conspiring to make corrupt payments to public officials.
Ian Edmondson and Stuart Kuttner, the newspaper’s former head of news and managing editor respectively, are also accused of involvement in the same alleged phone hacking.
The final three defendants are Ms Brooks’s husband, Charlie, her former personal assistant at News International. Cheryl Carter, and Mark Hanna, the company’s head of security.
They are accused alongside Ms Brooks of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.