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Rebekah Brooks appears in court on hacking charges

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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has today appeared in court to face charges related to alleged phone hacking by the News of the World.

Brooks, 44, attended Westminster Magistrates Court this morning, accused of one general charge of alleged conspiracy to illegally access voicemails of high-profile public figures.

Rebekah Brooks, Westminster Magistrates Court

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The ex-News of the World editor also faces two other specific charges related to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and former trade union boss Andy Gilchrist.

She previously said that she was "distressed and angry" by the charges, and insisted that she is "not guilty".

In July, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that Brooks was among eight people being charged by the Metropolitan Police's Operation Weeting probe into alleged hacking.

Andy Coulson, another former News of the World editor who went on to become David Cameron's director of communications, was also on the list, along with former staff at the paper: Stuart Kuttner, Ian Edmondson, James Weatherup, Neville Thurlbeck and Greg Miskiw.

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator jailed for phone hacking in 2007, was also to be charged with hacking offences.

The individuals face 19 charges in total, potentially relating to up to 600 high-profile individuals who authorities believe may have been the victims of phone hacking

Coulson, Kuttner, Edmondson, Weatherup, Thurlbeck, Miskiw and Mulcaire appeared in court together earlier in the month, and are next due to attend Southwark Crown Court on September 26.

During the brief hearing today, Brooks was ordered to appear at the same court on that day alongside the others accused.

Last week, News International's former legal adviser Tom Crone was arrested by officers from Operation Weeting. He has been bailed until October.

The News of the World was shut down in July 2011 after a string of allegations of phone hacking. The scandal led David Cameron to set up the Leveson inquiry into media ethics and standards.

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