Defendants accused of perverting the course of justice
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 arrested on July 17, 2011.
“You can imagine the extremely anxious if not panic-stricken approach to these developments that must have been going on,” Edis said.
Edis claimed that there was a deliberate attempt to pervert the course of justice by hampering the police inquiry.
Rebekah and Charlie Brooks, Carter and Hanna deny the allegations.