Court hears Murdoch editor told journalist: "Do his phone"

Reuters

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Andy Coulson, a former editor forRupert Murdoch and Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-mediachief, instructed one of his journalists involved in anexclusive story on a well-known figure to "do his phone", aLondon court heard on Friday.

Coulson, along with fellow former News of the World editorRebekah Brooks, and two senior News International employees isaccused of conspiring to hack phones. He and Brooks also facetwo charges each of making illegal payments to public officials.

Brooks, who went on to run Murdoch's British newspaper arm,her husband and two others are accused of hindering the policeinvestigation. They all deny the charges.

The Old Bailey heard that in May 2006, the paper was seekingto run a story about Calum Best, the son of former ManchesterUnited soccer star George Best.

During an email exchange with Ian Edmondson, a formerjournalist also on trial, Coulson discussed whether Best mightleak an exclusive story they were working on.

"Do his phone," Coulson wrote in an email shown to thecourt.

Prosecutor Andrew Edis told the jury they would have toweigh up what he meant.

Earlier, the court heard the News of the World had hackedthe phones of politicians, royal aides, celebrities, actors andhigh-profile sports figures.

They included England soccer star Wayne Rooney, actors JudeLaw and Sienna Miller, and Tom Parker-Bowles, the son of PrinceCharles's second wife Camilla.

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