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Andy Coulson detained by police in perjury probe

10:10 pm - 05/30/2012

Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson is currently being held at Govan Police Station in Glasgow.

Coulson who also worked as David Cameron's Director of Communications is being questioned by Strathclyde Police as part of a perjury investigation following the trial of Tommy Sheridan.

Coulson, 44, was detained this morning

The 44-year-old was detained by officers from Strathclyde Police (7 of them. At 6.30 this morning) who travelled to London on Wednesday. Coulson was then driven to Govan Police Station in Glasgow, where he remains tonight. In Scottish law 'detained' means he will be questioned and then could later be released or arrested.

Coulson's detention comes as part of Operation Rubicon. As part of the operation detectives have been looking at whether certain witnesses lied to the court during Tommy Sheridan's trial as part of a "full" investigation into phone hacking in Scotland.

Mr Coulson, then employed by Downing Street as director of communications, told the trial in December 2010 he had no knowledge of illegal activities by reporters while he was editor of the News of the World.

He also claimed: "I don't accept there was a culture of phone hacking at the News of the World."

Tommy Sheridan was jailed for three years in January 2011 after being found guilty of perjury during his 2006 defamation action against the News of the World.

He had been awarded £200,000 in damages after winning the civil case but a jury at the High Court in Glasgow found him guilty of lying about the now-defunct tabloid's claims that he was an adulterer who visited a swingers' club.

Sheridan's trial, which lasted almost 12 weeks, was one of the longest of its kind in Scottish legal history.

He was convicted of five out of six allegations in a single charge of perjury relating to his evidence during the civil action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

His wife Gail was on trial along with him but was acquitted of lying to the court during his successful defamation action against the News of the World in 2006.

He was released from jail in January after serving one year of his sentence and vowed to continue the fight to clear his name.

Following Coulson's Tommy Sheridan told reporters he hopes Andy Coulson's detention by police is the first step towards his conviction being quashed.

Following today's developments, Gordon Dangerfield - Tommy Sheridan's solicitor - announced he would be lodging a full appeal against his client's conviction.

He said: "We have very strong grounds of appeal and will be lodging a full appeal in due course. We believe that when the whole truth comes out, the public will be given an entirely new perspective on what the Tommy Sheridan trial was really about."

I just find this hilarious. The fall out from the hacking scandal is literally never ending, and Tommy Sheridan is going to be SO SMUG.

maclyn 31st-May-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Ugh Tommy go the fuck away
x_butterfly19_x 31st-May-2012 09:39 am (UTC)
Coulson's actually been arrested now, I see.

Tommy will be insufferable.
ruby_chalice 31st-May-2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Tommy will be insufferable.

Oh god I know. It's a shame there has to be a downer to Coulson being arrested. It should be a joyous occasion.
mhael LOL31st-May-2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
I mis-read that title as "AGENT Coulson detained by police....."

I was, needless to say, a bit confused, what with him A) being dead, and B) not being real in the first place.

Edited at 2012-05-31 01:33 pm (UTC)
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