The group spoke only to confirm their names and addresses during the short hearing. And they’re next due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on September, 26th .
The seven defendants were released on bail. Andy Coulson, 42, from South-East London is charged with allegedly accessing the phone messages of the murder victim Milly Dowler, the former labor ministers David Blunkett and Charles Clarke and George Best’s son, Calum.
Coulson appeared in the dark along with the ex-managing editor of News of the World Stuart Kuttner, the paper’s former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson and the ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck as well as the former reporter James Weathersup and Glen Mulcaire.
The six former News of the World staff face one general charge of alleged phone hacking between October, 2000 and August, 2006 that – prosecutors claim – could affect as many as 600 victims along with other specific accusations.
The Crown Prosecution Service announced last month, the seven would be charged as well as former News International chief executive Rebecca Brooks who is due to appear on the same court on September, 3.