Rebekah Brooks Scheduled to Appear at Court Hearing Friday

The former News International CEO and five others are charged with conspiracy in a case related to the phone hacking scandal.

Rebekah Brooks, the former Sun editor, ex-CEO of News Corp.'s embattled News International U.K. newspaper arm and longtime Rupert Murdoch ally, is scheduled to return to court Friday for the start of her trial.

Brooks and five others face charges of conspiring to "pervert the course of justice" in the case related to the phone hacking scandal.

For a preliminary hearing, they are set to appear at the Southwark Crown Court where another court referred the case earlier this month in what was Brooks' first court appearance in the case.

Media coverage of the court hearing earlier this month was intense, but the accused didn't speak beyond confirming their names and other basic information.

Brooks, 44, was charged last month with three counts of conspiracy to remove documents, computers and other potential evidence from police investigating phone hacking charges.

She has denied these charges and called them an "expensive sideshow."

The others facing trial are Brooks' husband Charlie, her former personal assistant, her former chauffeur and two security officials.

Meanwhile, in another phone hacking scandal related development, the Guardian reported that Amalgamated Bank, the Central Laborers' Pension Fund and the New Orleans Employees' Retirement System have amended a lawsuit against the News Corp. board for "disregarding" its duties to shareholders.

One new allegation in the suit alleging that the board's "lax" oversight "is a textbook example of failed corporate governance and domination by a controlling shareholder" is that News Corp. set up a Management and Standards Committee, which has been investigating the hacking issue, as a fig leaf for a more in-depth probe.


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