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British phone-hacking trial nears conclusion

Published on Jun 9, 2014 7:48 AM
 

LONDON (REUTERS) - The jury in the seven-month trial of two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors, one the media mogul's head of British newspapers and the other a close aide to the prime minister, is expected to retire to consider its verdict this week.

Judge John Saunders is likely to finish his summing up of the high-profile case on either Monday or Tuesday, leaving the eight women and three men of the jury to decide the fates of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and five others.

The two were both editors of Murdoch's brash News of the World Sunday tabloid which was shut three years ago as the hacking scandal engulfed his company.

Three former senior news editors from the paper have pleaded guilty to phone-hacking, and the jury at London's historic Old Bailey court will have to decide whether Brooks and Coulson were complicit in the activity.

 
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