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Former News of the World deputy editor Wallis goes on trial in UK over phone hacking

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LONDON — The former deputy editor of the News of the World has gone on trial over phone hacking, with prosecutors saying it's inconceivable he did not know about illegal eavesdropping.

Neil Wallis denies conspiracy to hack phones. His trial opened Tuesday at London's Central Criminal Court.

His former editor, Andy Coulson, was sentenced to 18 months in prison last year for conspiring to hack phones. Several other News of the World journalists have also been convicted.

Prosecutor Julian Christopher said "it is inconceivable that the editor above (Wallis) should have been involved, and those below him should have been involved, without him also knowing about it and being involved."

Owner Rupert Murdoch closed the newspaper in 2011 after the revelation that it had hacked the phone of a 13-year-old murder victim.

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