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Rebekah Brooks appears at Southwark Crown Court

Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie are at Southwark Crown Court
Image caption Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie appeared at Southwark Crown Court

Ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has appeared in court on charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Mrs Brooks, 44, and husband Charlie, 49, who appeared at Southwark Crown Court, were bailed until 26 September.

She faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice; Mr Brooks is charged with one count of the same offence.

Four others also appeared at the court on the same charge.

Mrs Brooks's former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, 48, of Mildmay Road, Chelmsford, Essex; head of security at News International Mark Hanna, 49, of Glynswood Road, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire; Mrs Brooks's chauffeur Paul Edwards, 47, of Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green, east London; and security consultant Daryl Jorsling, 39, of Vale Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, all face a single charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Bailed

Image caption The preliminary hearing lasted 30 minutes

The defendants will be asked what they will plead during a hearing at the same court on 26 September.

All six were bailed.

Mrs Brooks, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, was charged last month by detectives from Operation Weeting, Scotland Yard's phone-hacking inquiry.

She is accused of conspiring to conceal documents, computers and electronic equipment from police and conspiring to remove seven boxes of material from the archive of News International.