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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 July 2014
Coulson faces prosecution over Tommy Sheridan perjury trial
Convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson now faces perjury charges after giving evidence that led to the jailing of Scottish socialist Tommy Sheridan, also on a perjury charge, in December 2010.
Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World (NoW) and spin doctor to Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, was sentenced to 18 months in jail last week after being found guilty of phone hacking charges. His new (preliminary) trial will start in August.
Back in 2010 Coulson appeared as a prosecution witness, giving evidence over two days, in which he denied under questioning by Tommy Sheridan that he knew anything about the illegal phone hacking activities of NoW journalist Glenn Mulcaire. As a result, Tommy was jailed for three years.
Clearly, in the light of Coulson's subsequent conviction, Tommy's trial would never have taken place and he would have been a free man. But as the Socialist pointed out at the time, the political establishment was fully behind News International's vengeful campaign to have Tommy's original libel trial victory against the NoW overturned.
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In The Socialist 9 July 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Super-rich flash cash at Tory bash
After 10 July - build workers' movement
NSSN - Organising the resistance
Junk Juncker, Cameron and the anti-worker EU
New Tory attacks on trade union strikes
Super-rich Tory MP profits from evictions
Coulson faces prosecution over Tommy Sheridan
Emergency: Con-Dems don't care
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Israel-Palestine: Netanyahu government fuels protests
Socialist Party workplace news
Unite conference reflects growth of socialist ideas
Argos workers strike for work-life balance
Locked-out pathology staff "cannot give in"
NSSN supporters back striking Tyneside Safety Glass workers
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
NHS: No to cuts!
Help fund the fight against the 1%
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Reading the revolution
Exposing Ukip's lies in Bracknell
Fracking: short-term profit before safety
Labour rejects rail renationalisation
Robert Service's historical prejudice on Liverpool
Britain's non-investing, cheap wage bosses
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