Coulson and Brooks in court

Former Downing St communications chief Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks have appeared in court at the Old Bailey.

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Coulson in court on conspiracy charges

Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London. Credit: PA Wire

Former government spin doctor Andy Coulson appeared in court to face charges over an alleged conspiracy to bribe public officials for information.

Coulson, 45, is accused with ex-News of the World (NOTW) royal correspondent Clive Goodman of requesting and authorising payments to public officials in exchange for information, including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book".

Former NOTW editor Coulson, from Kent, and Goodman, 55, from Surrey, 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.

Wearing a grey suit with a white shirt and black tie, Coulson appeared for a short hearing along with Goodman and the case was adjourned until next month.

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