Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has told the Old Bailey that she would allow a criminal offence if it was in the public interest, but denied "covering up" the extent of the phone hacking at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid.
On her ninth day in the witness box at the phone hacking trial, Brooks was questioned by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC about Glenn Mulcaire, who pleaded guilty to hacking in 2006.
Edis asserted the "rogue reporter" line News International took "was not true" but Brooks replied "it was believed to be true at the time".
She also testified that she believed News International's behaviour from 2007-2009 was honourable, saying "I had no reason to believe otherwise".
When asked: "Would you allow a criminal offence if you thought it was in the public interest?" Brooks replied: "If it was in the public interest, yes."