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Phone Hacking Prosecutor: News Intl. Chief Hid Evidence from Police

on November 5, 2013

Originally posted on Variety:

LONDON — Rebekah Brooks, the former chief exec of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, ordered that notebooks, computers and documents be hidden from police investigating phone hacking at The News of the World newspaper, a London court was told Monday.

At the behest of the News Intl. topper, her personal assistant, Cheryl Carter, removed from the company archives seven boxes full of Brooks’ notebooks that covered the period when she was editor of The News of the World and sister title The Sun, according to prosecutor Andrew Edis.

Also, computers and documents were removed from Brooks’ London apartment and her country house in Oxfordshire by her husband, Charlie Brooks, and Mark Hanna, the former head of security at News Intl., Edis said.

The events took place in July 2011 after it was revealed that journalists from The News of the World had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl. Rebekah Brooks was…

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