EX-NEWS OF THE WORLD EDITOR “DETAINED” ON SUSPICION OF PERJURY
Andy Coulson, the former editor of the now-defunct News of the World,
who went on to become the spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, has been “detained” by police in Scotland on suspicion of perjury committed in a Scottish court in 2010. (The BBC explained that in Scotland, individuals are detained on suspicion of committing a crime but are not formally arrested. Criminal charges have not been filed against Coulson.) He had been a principal witness in the trial of Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan, who himself was convicted of perjury in his lawsuit against News of the World.
Coulson was previously arrested in connection with the telephone hacking scandal that forced News Corp to shut down the NoW
last year. He edited the Sunday tabloid when Clive Goodman, a reporter for the paper, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private detective, were arrested and convicted of phone hacking, but he denied knowing anything about their activities.