Coulson & Brooks due in court

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks will appear in court today to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Coulson and Brooks due back in court

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks will appear in court today to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks Credit: PA Wire

The pair are among five people due to appear at the Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Coulson and ex-News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman are charged with conspiracy to pay for information.

Coulson, 44, and Goodman, 55, face two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office - one between August 31, 2002 and January 31, 2003, and the other between January 31 and June 3, 2005.

The charges relate to the alleged request and authorisation of payments to public officials in exchange for information including the royal contacts.

Brooks, 44, and former Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, are charged with conspiring to pay Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber around £100,000 for information.

Brooks and Coulson released on unconditional bail

David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks appeared in court to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

They were both released on unconditional bail until they next appear at Southwark Crown Court on December 6.

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Coulson and Brooks due in court over charges

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and ex-News International CEO Rebekah Brooks will appear in court today to face charges related to allegations of corrupt payments made to public officials.

Mr Coulson and Ms Brooks are among five people due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks will appear in court later today
Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks will appear in court later today Credit: PA/PA Wire

Mr Coulson and ex-NOTW royal correspondent Clive Goodman are charged with conspiracy to pay for information and face two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.

Ms Brooks, former Sun chief reporter John Kay and Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber are also charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office.