Andy Coulson Detained for Perjury

    Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief, Andy Coulson, leaves the High Court in central London on May 10, 2012 where he gave evidence at the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics. British Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Coulson told the Leveson Inquiry he had assured the future prime minister he knew nothing about phone hacking when he edited the News of the World. Coulson, 43, admitted he had kept shares in Rupert Murdoch's media empire while working for Cameron, but he denied there was any "grand conspiracy" between News Corporation and the British leader's Conservative party.  AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Andy Coulson, the former editor of News of the World and Prime Minister David Cameron’s former press secretary, was detained Wednesday in connection to a perjury inquiry. Coulson is currently being held in London and will be transferred to Glasgow, where he has been accused of committing perjury. Coulson was editor of Rupert Murdoch’s bestselling tabloid, the now-defunct News of the World, from 2003 until 2007, when he resigned amid phone-hacking allegations. Coulson has denied having any knowledge of the hacking at the tabloid, and he repeated his denial when he testified earlier this month at the Leveson Inquiry. Coulson gave evidence at the perjury trial of Tommy Sheridan in 2010, and Sheridan was jailed for three years for lying under oath during his defamation action against News of the World in 2006.

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