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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Video: Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson face court on charges over corrupt payments

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks leaves Westminster Magistrates Court after appearing to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials in London. Photo: PA

DAVID Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will appear in court today to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

The pair are among five people due to appear at the Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.



Coulson and ex- News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman are charged with conspiracy to pay for information including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book".



It contained contact details for the Royal Family and members of the household.



Coulson, 44, and Goodman, 55, face two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office - one between August 31, 2002, and January 31, 2003, and the other between January 31 and June 3, 2005.



The charges relate to the alleged request and authorisation of payments to public officials in exchange for information including the royal contacts.



Brooks, 44, and former Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, are charged with conspiring to pay Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber around £100,000 for information.



The three each face one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office between January 1, 2004, and January 31 this year.



That relates to allegations that Jordan-Barber, 39, was paid to provide information to the Sun newspaper.



All the defendants appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 29 before being released on unconditional bail.



They will appear before Mr Justice Fulford for a plea and case management hearing at 10am.



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