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Tommy Sheridan sentenced to three years for perjury
Former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan has been sentenced to three years in prison for perjury.
The news is being sent from the High Court in Glasgow via Twitter, judge Lord Bracadale having given permission yesterday for STV news and others to cover the proceedings via the social networking site.
Sheridan was convicted last month of committing perjury during his defamation action against the News of the World in 2006.
The sentencing hearing is the first time that reporters have been able to send updates direct from a Scottish courtroom. The Lord Chief Justice recently issued interim guidance for England & Wales which allowed journalists to cover the bail hearing of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Passsing sentence, Lord Bracadale told Sheridan that perjury was always a serious crime as it struck at the basis of the system of justice. He added: "In your case you embarked on an action in the Court of Session knowing that for it to be successful you would require to tell lies under affirmation. You went on to commit perjury in the course of successfully pursuing that action, as a result of which you were awarded a very large sum of damages. In these circumstances the only appropriate sentence, as you yourself recognise, is one of imprisonment."
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