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Rebekah Brooks denies paying for PI

London - Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks has told jurors at the phone-hacking trial in London that she did not know about a substantial contract for a private investigator.

Brooks said Friday she was unaware of a contract for her newspaper to pay 92 000 pounds a year to private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, even though an expense that large should have required her approval.

Rebekah Brooks former News International chief executive and her husband Charlie Brooks, arrive at the Central Criminal Court in London where they face charges related to phone hacking. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant). Credit: AP

Mulcaire has pleaded guilty to phone hacking while working for the now-defunct tabloid, which was part of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire.

The 45-year-old Brooks faces one charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, as well as charges of conspiring to hack phones and obstruct police.

Her husband is also on trial, as is Andy Coulson, another former Murdoch executive.

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