London’s Old Bailey British Central Criminal Court announced on the 20th that the former editor of the World News, Rebecca · Brooks was suspected of bribing to obtain Prince William’s party for a bikini photo. Brooks is currently charged with four counts.
According to local media reports, in this allegation, Brooks was suspected of approving a reporter to pay a military officer a salary of 4,000 pounds to get a picture of Prince William wearing a bikini at the party.
Media tycoon Rupert · Murdoch News Group’s original “World News” wiretapping case was heard at the end of October 2013 and is expected to continue until May this year. On February 20th, the trial entered the stage of defense debate. Brooks, 45, presented evidence to the court for the first time on the same day.
On the same day, Brooks denied that she had known private detective Glenn · Marche during the editorial of the newspaper from 2000 to 2003. The latter was released after being jailed in 2007 by eavesdropping on members of the British royal family. prison. Brooks said that hiring private detectives is a common practice in British newspapers. She also denied knowing that the phone was tapping.
The World News, which has more than 160 years of history, was forced to suspend publication on July 10, 2011 for illegal interception and eavesdropping on private telephone information. Five days later, Brooks resigned and was arrested two days later. Brooks and six other people were charged with wiretapping and other charges, and they did not plead guilty.
According to reports, the World News has more than 600 phone-hacking victims, including royal family members, cabinet ministers, sports and entertainment stars, and victims of ordinary criminal cases and their families. (Reporter Xia Xiao)
Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang