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Tommy Sheridan to be sentenced over perjury

Category: Scotland

Published: 26th Jan 2011 01:05:58

The disgraced former MSP Tommy Sheridan is due to be sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after being convicted of perjury last month.

Sheridan denied lying under oath when he sued the News of the World in 2006 over its claims he was an adulterer who had visited a swingers' club.

But a jury found him guilty, by majority verdict, of perjury during his successful defamation action.

Judge Lord Bracadale warned Mr Sheridan to expect a prison sentence.

Mr Sheridan's wife Gail, who had also been charged with perjury, was acquitted during the trial.

Sheridan, 46, represented himself during the trial and will do so again when he addresses the judge before he is sentenced.

The 12-week trial, which ended two days before Christmas, was the longest perjury case in Scottish legal history.

It has been compared to the conviction of Conservative peer Lord Archer, who was sentenced to four years for perjury and perverting the course of justice in 2001.

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