LONDON -- The prime minister's former media adviser and six other people have appeared in a London court on phone hacking charges.
Andy Coulson, who edited the News of the World tabloid before joining Premier David Cameron's staff, spoke only to confirm his name and address Thursday during a brief appearance in Westminster Magistrates' Court.
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The others in court were the newspaper's former managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, former reporter James Weatherup and private detective Glenn Mulcaire.
They face one charge of phone hacking between October 2000 and August 2006, plus charges specific to each defendant.
All were granted bail. Their next court appearance was set for Sept. 26.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. closed the tabloid in July last year.