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Andy Coulson is acquitted of perjury

By Karrie Gillett

Published 04/06/2015

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson outside court yesterday
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson outside court yesterday

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been cleared of committing perjury while giving evidence in the trial of ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan.

Coulson (47) was on trial for about two weeks at the High Court of Edinburgh accused of lying under oath when he appeared as a witness during Mr Sheridan's 2010 perjury trial in Glasgow - an allegation he denied.

But the case against him collapsed after a judge upheld a defence submission that he had no case to answer.

Trial judge Lord Burns ruled the Crown had not shown Coulson's allegedly false evidence was relevant in the Sheridan trial.

Speaking outside court following his acquittal, Coulson - a former director of communications for the Prime Minister - said: "I am obviously delighted by the judge's decision. It was the right decision.

"This prosecution was always wrong. I didn't lie and the prosecution, in my view, was a gross waste of public money."

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