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Rebekah Brooks says she didn’t know about payments

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said she didn’t know the paper had paid a private investigator.
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said she didn’t know the paper had paid a private investigator.Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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LONDON (AP) — Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks Friday told jurors at her phone-hacking trial that she did not know of a substantial contract between her newspaper and a private investigator who has admitted illegal eavesdropping.

She said she was unaware of a contract for her newspaper to pay 92,000 pounds a year to private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, although she acknowledged that an expenditure of that magnitude normally would have required her approval.

Brooks, 45, faces one charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, as well as charges of conspiring to hack phones and obstruct police. Her husband, race horse trainer Charlie Brooks, and her former deputy and ex-lover Andy Coulson are on trial as well.

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