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Coulson prepares for perjury trial

1st June 2012

Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World, has turned to a woman holding one of the top solicitor jobs in London to represent him in his upcoming perjury trial.

The journalist, who was previously director of communications under Prime Minister David Cameron, has chosen to enlist the services of the partner of a global law firm to help defend charges that he did not tell the truth during the trial of Tommy Sheridan in 2010.

Sheridan’s own perjury case, which is now the longest-running of its kind in Scottish legal history, saw him sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of pursuing a false defamation claim against the newspaper Coulson used to run.

Recently, however, Coulson’s phone-hacking testimony has been scrutinised, leading to the 44-year-old’s arrest by Strathclyde Police earlier in the week.

The Court of Appeal is due to hear the case in November.