Ex-Cameron aide Coulson faces retrial after phone-hacking case

  • AFP, London
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2014 15:32 IST

Andy Coulson, a former top aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, will face a retrial on some of the charges in his phone-hacking trial, prosecutors said on Monday.

Coulson, former editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid, is to be tried again on charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying a police officer for royal directories.

Jurors at London's Old Bailey last week convicted him of one charge of illegally accessing voicemails but failed to reach a verdict on the other charges.

His co-defendant Rebekah Brooks, another former News of the World editor who went on to head the British arm of Murdoch's operation, was cleared of all charges.

Coulson was Cameron's director of communications between 2007 and 2011, a job he took after resigning from the News of the World.

The phone-hacking trial was one of the most expensive in English legal history, spotlighting the close ties between the Murdoch empire and politicians and the no-holds-barred methods of Britain's tabloid press.

Clive Goodman, the News of the World's one-time royal editor, will also face a retrial on the same charges as Coulson.

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