Rebekah Brooks and other hacking trial defendants try to reclaim up to £25m from taxpayer

The defendants in the hacking trial who were acquitted, including Rebekah Brooks, are looking to claim back up to £25m of their legal fees from the taxpayer.

Brooks paid at least £5m for her defence out of a £16m severance deal she received when she left the News of the World, while News Corp paid her co-defendant’s fees, including those of News of the World’s former editor Andy Coulson, who was found guilty of his part in the scandal and is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence in Belmarsh.

A total of 22 barristers, 40 solicitors, three full-time court staff and more than 60 witnesses were involved in the trial, according to the Guardian.

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  • I think this is a cheek as she worked as an editor in the news of the world she should have known what was going on, if not then she is derrilect of her duty.Why should we the tax payers pay Her for her incompendance.

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