Coulson charged in perjury probe

August 07, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

LONDON: Andy Coulson, the former News of the World tabloid editor and one-time spin doctor to British Prime Minister David Cameron, was formally charged yesterday over evidence given in a 2010 trial.

Coulson will face three charges of lying under oath over evidence given in the perjury trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan, which related to a story printed in the paper.

It reported that the former Scottish Socialist Party leader was an adulterer who visited a swingers’ club.

Sheridan won a 2006 defamation action against the weekly and was awarded £200,000 ($310,000), but in 2010 he was charged with lying on oath in relation to the case.

Papers filed to Glasgow High Court on Wednesday allege that Coulson, 46, lied under oath about his knowledge of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and how much he knew of a “culture” of voicemail interception at the tabloid.