Prosecution in the UK phone hacking case told jury members on Monday that Rebekah Brooks, the former newspaper editor of the News of the World, actively tried to hide evidence of the phone-hacking.
BBC News reported that Brooks worked with her husband to hide computers and documents from police investigating the phone-hacking. Brooks also arranged with her personal assistant to hide seven boxes full of her archived notebooks before detectives could get a hold of them, prosecutor Andrew Edis told England’s Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey in London.
Brooks is currently on trial with another former editor of the paper, Andy Coulson, who also worked as Prime Minister David Cameron’s communication director. Coulson has denied his involvement with the hacking and conspiracy to make illegal payments to government officials for information. It was revealed last week that Coulson and Brooks also engaged in a six year affair, coinciding with the time that Milly Dowler’s phone was hacked.
Jurors also heard on Monday that after news of the hacking became public and the News of the World paper was shut down, ex-head of security at News International, organized an operation called “Blackhawk” to protect both Brooks and her husband. Brooks was arrested on July 17, but before police could begin searches, her husband was recorded on closed circuit television hiding a bag and a laptop beside garbage bins in the underground car park of their London apartment. Boxes containing Brooks’ notebooks were taken from the News International archives by her assistant shortly after Brooks was arrested as well. Brooks and her assistant Cheryl Carter have denied any wrongdoing or perverting the course of justice.