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UK tabloid's ex-editor Coulson admits approving police payment

Published on Apr 23, 2014 12:11 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson admitted in court on Tuesday to approving a payment to a royal policeman for information, despite warnings it could land him in jail.

The 46-year-old, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief, said he simply "rubber-stamped" the request by the royal editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.

Giving evidence in his trial on charges of paying public officials and phone hacking, Mr Coulson also repeatedly denied that he knew that journalists were illegally accessing celebrities' phones.

In particular, he denied an accusation from a former colleague that he had been played a hacked phone message left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig.

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