Former editor of Scottish News of the World arrested

The former editor of the Scottish edition of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the defamation action of a former lawmaker.

By (AFP)

Published: Wed 29 Aug 2012, 5:17 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:59 AM

Bob Bird, 56, was detained on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice over Tommy Sheridan’s successful legal action against the newspaper in 2006.

Bird edited the now-defunct tabloid when it reported allegations about the flamboyant Sheridan’s private life.

The former member of the Scottish Parliament sued the newspaper for defamation and was awarded £200,000 ($315,000, 250,000 euros) in damages.

Sheridan was subsequently charged and convicted of perjury and jailed for three years, but was released after serving one year of his sentence.

In May, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former media chief Andy Coulson was arrested and charged over evidence that he gave at Sheridan’s perjury trial.

Coulson is a former editor of the London-based edition of the News of the World.

Murdoch shut down the News of the World in July last year amid a storm of allegations that it had hacked the phones of a murdered schoolgirl and accessed the voicemails of hundreds of celebrities and politicians.

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