LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors were expected to open their case against former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson today in Britain’s long-awaited phone hacking trial.
Brooks, Coulson and six others face charges stemming from the revelation that the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid eavesdropped on the phone voice mails of celebrities, politicians, crime victims and others in its search for scoops.
Murdoch shut down the newspaper in 2011 when the scandal erupted and dozens of his staff have been arrested.
The trial at London’s Central Criminal Court began Monday with jury selection. The jury is to be sworn in today and prosecution lawyer Andrew Edis is due to begin his case.
Brooks and Coulson face charges of phone hacking and conspiring to bribe officials. Brooks also is charged with obstructing justice.
Brooks’ husband, Charles Brooks, a racehorse trainer, also faces charges in the case.