Police to investigate perjury claim in Sheridan defamation case

Lothian and Borders Police is to investigate allegations of perjury during the Tommy Sheridan defamation case.

The News of the World claimed at the weekend that it has a tape which proved  Sheridan lied during the case in which the former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party won £200,000 in damages against the paper.

A Crown Office spokesman said it was not possible to speculate on the timescale for the investigation.

The spokesman said: "On the basis of information presently available to her the procurator fiscal at Edinburgh has instructed police to begin a criminal investigation into allegations of perjury. Lothian and Borders Police will submit a report to the procurator fiscal in due course."

Sheridan told BBC Scotland that the Crown Office was "only doing its job", but claimed: "It is a rehashed announcement from six weeks ago, there's nothing new." He said he would be happy to take part in any aspect of the police investigation.


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