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Rebekah Brooks Pleads Not Guilty To Phone Hacking Charges

05/06/2013 11:34 BST | Updated 05/06/2013 12:16 BST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News International, and her husband Charles Brooks, arrive at Southwark Crown Court, where they are due to appear in relation to Operation Sacha, Scotland Yard's investigation into allegations of perverting the course of justice relating to Operation Weeting, on June 5, 2013 in London, England. Defendents facing charges under Operation Weeting and Operation Sacha relating to phone hacking at the now closed News of the World newspaper are all appearing in court ahead of the start of their trial. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has denied five charges linked to the phone hacking scandal.

The 45-year-old entered not guilty pleas to counts linked to an alleged conspiracy to hack phones, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Brooks appeared in a packed courtroom at Southwark Crown Court alongside fellow former News International staff.

Brooks, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, denied conspiracy to hack phones between October 3, 2000, and August 9, 2006, as did former News of the World news editor James Weatherup and former managing editor Stuart Kuttner.

Brooks, former editor of both the News of the World and The Sun, also denied two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, one between January 1, 2004, and January 31, 2012, and a second between February 9, 2006, and October 16, 2008.

She also denied two counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

It is alleged that Brooks and her personal assistant Cheryl Carter, who also denies the charge, tried to remove boxes of archived material from the News International archive between July 6 and 9, 2011.

In a second count, Brooks, husband Charlie, former NI head of security Mark Hanna, security staff Lee Sandell and David Johnson, and driver Paul Edwards, are all accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice between July 15 and 19, 2011, by hiding documents, computers and other electronic equipment from officers investigating allegations of phone hacking and corruption of public officials relating to the News of the World and The Sun.

All six today denied the charge.