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Former News International CEO Pleads Not Guilty on All Hacking Charges

Going to trial in Britain

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Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges made as the result of investigations into phone hacking and corruption allegations.

The pre-trial hearing focused on five charges against her in three areas—alleged phone hacking, conspiracy to make illegal payments to public officials in return for stories and attempts to pervert the course of justice at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. Brooks denied all the charges, which focus on her time at the U.K. publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., in particular her time as editor of the News of the World and editor of the Sun.