Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie are to appear in court on charges relating to the phone hacking scandal.

Mrs Brooks, 44, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, and MR Brooks, 49, will be at Southwark Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

She faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, while her husband is charged with one count of the same offence.

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Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie are to appear in court


Mrs Brooks is accused of removing boxes of material from the News International archive and trying to conceal documents, computers and other material from Operation Weeting, Scotland Yard's inquiry into the phone hacking scandal.

Also expected at the court are Mrs Brooks' former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, 48, of Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, Essex; head of security at News International Mark Hanna, 49, of Glynswood Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire; Mrs Brooks' chauffeur Paul Edwards, 47, of Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, east London; and security consultant Daryl Jorsling, 39, of Vale Road, Aldershot, Hampshire.
They all face a single charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Their case was sent to the Crown Court during a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on June 13. All six were bailed.
Mrs Brooks became editor of the News of the World in 2000 at the age of 31.

In 2003, she became the first woman to edit The Sun and in 2009 was made chief executive at News International. She resigned from that role in July last year.

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