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Post  candyfloss on Wed May 30, 2012 10:15 am

Just putting this here for now, will move later.........

30 May 2012 Last updated at 10:08

.Andy Coulson held in perjury case

The prime minister's former director of communications Andy Coulson has been detained by police investigating allegations of perjury.

Mr Coulson, 44, was detained at his home in the Dulwich area of London at 06:30 on Wednesday by seven officers from Strathclyde Police.

He has been held on suspicion of committing perjury at the perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan in 2010.

Mr Coulson is being taken to Glasgow where he will be questioned.

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers from Strathclyde Police's Operation Rubicon team detained a 44-year-old man in London this morning under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure Scotland act 1995 on suspicion of committing perjury before the High Court in Glasgow."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18262740

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  ShuBob on Wed May 30, 2012 10:29 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again, we all pay in the end. It doesn't matter how long it takes but we get our comeuppance eventually.

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Post  candyfloss on Wed May 30, 2012 11:22 am

Full story now............

May 2012 Last updated at 11:16





Andy Coulson held in Tommy Sheridan trial perjury inquiry


Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson gave evidence at Mr Sheridan's trial
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Prime Minister David Cameron's former director of communications Andy Coulson has been detained by police investigating allegations of perjury.

Mr Coulson, 44, was detained at his home in the Dulwich area of London at 06:30 by seven officers from Strathclyde Police.

He has been held on suspicion of committing perjury at the trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan in 2010.

Mr Coulson is being taken to Glasgow, where he will be questioned.

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers from Strathclyde Police's Operation Rubicon team detained a 44-year-old man in London this morning under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure Scotland Act 1995 on suspicion of committing perjury before the High Court in Glasgow."

Mr Coulson is not under arrest. In Scotland a suspect is detained on suspicion of an offence unlike in England and Wales where a suspect is arrested. Mr Coulson has not been charged.

Mr Coulson gave evidence at the perjury trial of former Scottish Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan in 2010.

Sheridan was awarded £200,000 in damages from the News of the World in 2006 after it printed allegations that he had committed adultery and visited a swingers' club.

Heated exchanges

Tommy Sheridan was released in January from a three-year jail term for perjury
After the court action, the former MSP and his wife Gail were charged with perjury.

She was acquitted during the subsequent trial but Mr Sheridan was convicted in December 2010. He has since been freed after serving just over a year of a three-year sentence.

Mr Coulson was called to give evidence at Sheridan's trial as he was editor of the News of the World between 2003 and 2007.

During heated exchanges with Sheridan, who represented himself at the trial, Mr Coulson denied being involved in, or aware of, any illegal activities, including phone hacking.

At the time of his two-day appearance, he was employed as Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications.

Mr Coulson resigned from that post in January 2011, saying coverage of the News of the World phone hacking scandal had "made it difficult to give the 110% needed in this role".

Police dossier

In July 2011, he was arrested by Metropolitan Police investigating the News of the World hacking scandal and later released on bail.

The solicitor for Mr Sheridan, Aamer Anwar, said he had taken a dossier of information to Strathclyde Police in July last year and the force had since mounted a robust operation to investigate allegations of perjury during his client's trial.

Mr Anwar said Mr Coulson must be afforded the presumption of innocence.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18262740

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  candyfloss on Wed May 30, 2012 11:52 am

Tom Harper‏@TomJHarper
Extensive report of #Coulson's evidence during the Tommy Sheridan trial here #[b]Leveson[/b] http://sheridantrial.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/andy-coulsons-testimony-key-points.html

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  PeterMac on Wed May 30, 2012 10:20 pm

Now charged.
Next, please !

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  candyfloss on Wed May 30, 2012 10:24 pm

PeterMac wrote:Now charged.
Next, please !



Thanks PeterMac.......

Andy Coulson charged with perjury


Former NoW editor charged over allegations of lying on oath when he gave evidence in court about phone hacking

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/may/30/andy-coulson-charged-with-perjury?newsfeed=true

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  anil39200 on Wed May 30, 2012 10:27 pm

This is apparently an offence which happened whilst he worked in Downing Street. It looks like the house of cards is coming down. Looks like this could run and run with lots of high profile casualties. Has there ever been a time when so many high ranking people and their associates look so disgusting and are corrupt?

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Post  aquila on Wed May 30, 2012 10:31 pm

anil39200 wrote:This is apparently an offence which happened whilst he worked in Downing Street. It looks like the house of cards is coming down. Looks like this could run and run with lots of high profile casualties. Has there ever been a time when so many high ranking people and their associates look so disgusting and are corrupt?

snakes eat each other when they are hungry...it's the reptilian way. There's always a fat snake left afterwards.

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  candyfloss on Wed May 30, 2012 10:43 pm

candyfloss wrote:
PeterMac wrote:Now charged.
Next, please !



Thanks PeterMac.......

Andy Coulson charged with perjury


Former NoW editor charged over allegations of lying on oath when he gave evidence in court about phone hacking

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/may/30/andy-coulson-charged-with-perjury?newsfeed=true[/quote[/url" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">]



[url=http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-police-perjury.htm]Perjury, the making of false statements under oath that directly pertain to a matter being investigated, is a crime with different criminal sentences depending on region. It’s impossible to state the penalty for perjury in all instances because of regional and jurisdictional variations. Additionally courts don’t always prosecute perjurers. This doesn’t mean they can’t or that committing perjury couldn’t result in fines or jail time.

The most common penalty for perjury is a fine and/or jail, but the amount of the fine or jail time can depend on judicial discretion in sentencing. It’s possible for there to be a minimum sentence length as a penalty for perjury, perhaps one year, and a maximum length of sentencing at five to 10 years per charge. If the person has committed more than one act of perjury, as by making numerous false statements under oath, he or she could be charged with multiple offenses and that could increase total fines charged or jail time. If the penalty for perjury is a mandatory one-year sentence, and the person perjured himself five times, he might face five years in prison.

Sometimes a judge has the discretion to decide against handing down a sentence as a penalty for perjury. There are people who have been convicted of the crime, and yet haven’t faced any type of jail time

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-penalty-for-perjury.htm

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Re: Andy Coulson detained by Police

Post  PeterMac on Wed May 30, 2012 10:45 pm

anil39200 wrote: Has there ever been a time when so many high ranking people and their associates look so disgusting and are corrupt?
Yes. But only now has anyone tried to do anything about it.
Sometimes a truly honourable person has to do the "right thing" even if brings about their own destruction. In wartime people volunteer for missions which will clearly cause their own death, but might just save the Nation. In the world of crime their are now and again reformed ones, who come to the understand ing that what they were doing was wrong, and who start to help, either the police or in other ways.
Sir John Profumo was knighted for his work over many years with the underprivileged.
Is this what we are now seeing ?
Every conservative government has to clean up after the previous socialist administration have messed the country up and spent all the money, and the only solution is austerity and taxation, which will eventually bring about the downfall of the very government which is trying to get it right. If you simply allow the people to choose popular leaders they will go the way of Greece - or North Korea.
Perhaps Cameron has had enough, and is sacrificing himself for the greater good of the greater number
Or not, as the case may be !

Sorry. One should not add too much philosophy to one's late night scotch.

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