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Former tabloid editor Brooks denies knowing about phone hacking

Published on Feb 21, 2014 4:07 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Former Murdoch executive Rebekah Brooks on Thursday denied knowing anything about phone hacking while editing Britain's News of the World tabloid, as she took the stand for the first time in her trial.

Brooks is charged with conspiring in voicemail hacking, conspiring to bribe public officials and two counts of trying to cover up her alleged crimes, although she was cleared Thursday of a fifth charge of approving a payment for a photo of Prince William in a bikini.

Almost three years after she was first arrested in July 2011 and three and a half months into the trial, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper stable News International finally had a chance to put her side of the story.

Brooks was asked by her lawyer if she had ever heard mentioned the name of Glenn Mulcaire, a private detective who worked for the tabloid while she was editor and who was jailed in 2007 for hacking phones.

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