Following the appearance yesterday at the Old Bailey of, Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and other senior employees over their part in the alleged phone hacking scandal at The News of the World. It was announced the trial will begin in a years' time, on the 9 September 2013. Where they will be charged, with; conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications and perverting the course of justice.
The charges are based on claims that evidence was hidden from police and illegal payments made to public officials by the Sun and News of the World. It has been estimated that the number of victims in the phone hacking scandal could number up to 600, according to prosecutors. Including murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, George Best's son Calum, and former home secretary David Blunkett amongst others.
Following news of the trial date, Coulson, Brooks and all other defendants were released on bail.
Written and presented by Ann Salter