Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson cleared in perjury trial

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been cleared of perjury in relation to evidence he gave during the trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan.

Andy Coulson: Told reporters the "right decision" had been made
Andy Coulson: Told reporters the "right decision" had been made

Coulson, who went to on become David Cameron’s comms director after leaving the newspaper, was alleged to have lied about his knowledge of phone hacking at the News of the World.

However, Judge Lord Burns said it had not been demonstrated that Coulson's evidence was relevant in the Sheridan trial.

Speaking to reporters after his acquittal, Coulson said the "right decision" had been made, adding that he "didn't lie".

Last summer Coulson was convicted on phone-hacking charges and received an 18-month jail sentence.

He was charged three years ago after being questioned in Glasgow in connection with his evidence to the Tommy Sheridan trial in 2010.

Sheridan was found guilty of perjury and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2011. Officials at the Crown Office in Edinburgh waited for the outcome of Coulson’s trial in England before announcing any action against him.

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