Lawyers for PM’s former communications chief say he will fight allegations ‘should they ever result in a trial’
Andy Coulson has said he will “vigorously contest” the charges by Strathclyde police that he lied on oath about his knowledge of hacking at the News of the World.
His lawyers in London, DLA Piper, said: “Andy Coulson will vigorously contest the perjury allegations made against him yesterday by Strathclyde police should they ever result in a trial. We have no further comment at this stage.”
Coulson, 44, the prime minister’s former head of communications, was charged with perjury on Wednesday night, about 15 hours after he was detained at his home in south London and taken to Glasgow for questioning by Strathclyde police.
He was arrested as part of the force’s Operation Rubicon inquiry into alleged perjury by witnesses in the trial of Tommy Sheridan, the socialist politician who was found guilty by the high court in Glasgow in December 2010 of lying on oath when he won a £200,000 libel victory over Coulson’s former newspaper, the News of the World.
Coulson, who left Govan police station in the back of a van last night to avoid cameras, has not yet been given a court date.
Previously advised by the celebrated advocate Paul McBride QC, before his sudden death in Pakistan this year, Coulson is understood to have retained a small firm of criminal lawyers in Scotland for the perjury case.