EX-NEWS of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court to face three allegations of phone hacking, including that of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has appeared in court charged with conspiring to hack the phones of more than 600 people including the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
The 44-year-old's appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court follows that last month of six of her former colleagues from the News of the World, who face similar charges.
Mrs Brooks, who used to edit the now defunct Sunday tabloid, faces one general charge of conspiracy to intercept the voicemails of more that 600 people ranging from politicians and celebrities to victims of crime.
In addition she is also charged in connection with a conspiracy to hack a phone belonging to 13-year-old Milly Dowler, who was murdered on her way home from school in 2002 and one connected to former union boss Andrew Gilchrist.
Last month six former executives and journalists from the News of the World appeared at Westminster Magistrates charged in connection with the same allegations.
They were former News of the World editor, and David Cameron's ex-director of communications, Andy Coulson; ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner; former news editor Greg Miskiw; former head of news Ian Edmondson; ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former seniot reporter James Weatherup.
Mrs Brooks did not appear at the same time because she answered bail at a later date to the others and was therefore charged on a different day.
She appeared in the dock for just four minutes and spoke only to give her name, address and date of birth.
She was granted conditional bail, the conditions that she does not contact her co-defendants, she resides at her home address and she gives seven days notice before travelling overseas.
She will next appear before Southwark Crown Court on September 26.
Mrs Brooks, from Churchill, Oxfordshire, has also been charged with three counts of conspiring to pervert the course of justice in connection with an alleged cover up over the hacking scandal.