Phone hacking trial starts

The trial of former newspaper executive Rebekah Brooks and others linked to alleged phone hacking scandal in Britain will last six months, lawyers say.

The trial, which began in London yesterday, is said to have more than more than 100 witnesses scheduled to testify case against Brooks and seven other defendants associated with News International.

Brooks, 45, who resigned from News International in July 2011, faces five charges of criminal wrongdoing, including counts of conspiracy to intercept cellphone voice mail messages and two charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

The former chief executive of News International, Brooks was the youngest editor of the now-defunct British Sunday newspaper, The News of the World.

The other indicted newspaper employees are accused of engaging in phone hacking and police bribery and exercising improper influence of public officials in the pursuit of news stories.

The other key defendants in the phone-hacking trial include Brooks’ racehorse-trainer husband Charlie, and Prime Minister David Cameron’s former communications director, Andy Coulson.

All eight defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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