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Coulson is cleared of perjury in court

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been cleared of committing perjury while giving evidence in the trial of a Scottish politician.

Coulson (47) was on trial for two weeks at the High Court of Edinburgh accused of lying under oath when he appeared as a witness during Tommy 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 prosecution 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 British Prime Minister David Cameron - said: "I am obviously delighted by the judge's decision today. 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.

"I am just delighted that, after four pretty testing years, that my family and myself have finally had a good day.''

Coulson was found guilty in June last year of conspiring to intercept voicemails at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The prosecution case in the perjury trial centred around what were alleged to be lies told by Coulson at Mr Sheridan's trial more than four years ago about his knowledge of phone hacking.