Criminal Trials Over News Corp. Hacking Start Monday
The criminal trial for Rebekah Brooks, the former News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA) executive and onetime protege of Rupert Murdoch, is set to begin in London on Monday, which – The Wall Street Journal reports — is likely to further embarrass both the media giant and the British government.
Brooks has been charged with several high-profile offenses, including conspiring to illegally intercept mobile phone voicemail messages — commonly referred to as phone hacking — and for making payments to public officials in exchange for information and obstructing justice.
As the former editor of the since-disbanded News of the World, Brooks left the publication amid allegations that it had hacked into voicemail messages on the mobile phone of missing teenager Milly Dowler, who would later be found dead. Brooks has plead not guilty to the charges.
“I am not guilty of these charges,” Brooks said. “I did not authorize, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship,” calling the charges ”particularly upsetting” and “untrue.”