Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrested on perjury charges
After police detained him at his home and drove him to a high-security police station in Glasgow, Andy Coulson has been arrested and charged over allegations of lying on oath when he gave evidence in court about phone hacking at News of the World.
Coulson, former director of communications to U.K. prime minister David Cameron, was questioned over perjury by Scottish police on May 30, according to the Guardian newspaper.
The former News of the World editor is alleged to have lied to the high court in Glasgow when he gave evidence at the perjury trial of socialist politician Tommy Sheridan in December 2010, while he was Cameron’s chief media adviser and the government’s head of communications.
Coulson resigned as News of the World editor in January 2007 after his editor, Clive Goodman, was convicted of hacking phones used by members of the royal family.
On May 15, former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks was charged with three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.