More than a dozen journalists from The Sun supported their deputy editor as he appeared in court yesterday charged with authorising payments to public officials for information.
Geoff Webster appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court accused of two counts of misconduct in public office in 2010 and 2011.
Webster, 53, of Goudhurst, Kent, was charged as part of Operation Elveden, Scotland Yard’s investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
The court heard that the first charge alleges he conspired with a public official, a journalist, and others unknown to commit misconduct in a public office, and the second that in November 2010 he conspired with “a person or persons unknown” to commit misconduct in a public office.
Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle granted him unconditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on April 12.