Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ex-'News of the World' editors lose bid to avoid criminal trial

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks

James Adams London

Two former editors of the 'News of the World' have lost a legal battle to have criminal charges against them dropped.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to intercept people's voicemail messages in pursuit of stories.

Their lawyers had argued that once a message had been heard by its intended recipient it was no longer "in the course of transmission" as defined by the act under which the charges were brought.

The scandal prompted owner Rupert Murdoch to shut down the tabloid in July 2011.

The ruling means that Ms Brooks, Mr Coulson and others will stand trial as planned in September on hacking and other charges.

Irish Independent

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