Murdoch Libel 'Victim' Charged With Perjury

Ex-Socialist Party boss who won $400K suit slams 'witch hunt'
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 7:29 AM CST
Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan addresses a meeting. Sheridan, who successfully sued a Rupert Murdoch paper, has been charged with perjury.    (Wikipedia)
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(Newser) – A former leader of Scotland's Socialist Party who won a $400,000 libel suit against publisher Rupert Murdoch's News of the World was arrested yesterday on charges of perjury. One-time member of parliament Tommy Sheridan claimed the bust was a "witch hunt orchestrated and influenced by the powerful reach of the Murdoch empire.”

In the libel case last year, Sheridan denied newspaper reports that he used cocaine and went to a swingers' club. Eleven members of Sheridan’s own political party testified that he spoke of going to the club. A judge warned that the inconsistencies would result in an "inevitable" perjury investigation. Sheridan was arrested as he exited his weekly radio show.