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Perjury hard to prove? That's no reason not to prosecute

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson

THE recent charging of former No 10 Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson with perjury is laced with bitter irony.

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It is alleged that he lied during the 2010 trial of Tommy Sheridan, the former Scottish politician then on trial for perjury.

The irony is that Sheridan was accused of having perjured himself in a defamation action he took against News of the World in which he was awarded £200,000. It later became clear that he had lied in his evidence and he was subsequently tried for perjury.

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