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Sheridan sure he’ll be cleared by perjury review

Tommy Sheridan with his wife Gail outside court after he won his defamation case  Picture: Getty Images

Tommy Sheridan with his wife Gail outside court after he won his defamation case Picture: Getty Images

  • by LUCY CHRISTIE
 

Former Scottish Socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan is to have his perjury conviction reviewed.

He was jailed in 2011 after being found guilty of lying under oath during his successful defamation action against the now-defunct News of the World newspaper.

The ex-politician has always maintained his innocence and lodged an application to the Scottish Criminal Cases ­Review Commission (SCCRC) in June.

The commission has now confirmed it will review his ­conviction.

Mr Sheridan, 50, said: “It has taken a frustratingly long time to progress but at last the SCCRC has the files and my ­appeal against conviction has been ­assessed and considered worthy of more detailed analysis.

“I am absolutely confident my unsafe conviction will ­eventually be quashed and my name will be cleared.”

His solicitor Gordon Dangerfield added: “This is obviously an important step forward in the process of having ­Tommy’s conviction appealed and 
overturned.

“I consider that the evidence we have gathered in support of the appeal is utterly ­compelling. In my view, that evidence ­demonstrates very clearly that the conviction was a shocking miscarriage of justice, and I’m very much looking forward to the commission’s own ­independent investigation and 
decision.”

In a 2004 article, the News of the World reported Mr Sheridan had visited a swingers’ club and cheated on his wife Gail.

He was an MSP representing the Scottish Socialist Party at the time.

Mr Sheridan was awarded £200,000 in damages after winning his defamation case against the tabloid but ended up on trial for perjury and was convicted at the end of 2010.

Senior judges refused him leave to appeal against the ­conviction the following year and the only route back to ­appeal judges is via the SCCRC.

Mr Sheridan – who served just over a year of his three-year sentence – hopes that the body will rule there may have been a miscarriage of justice and refer it back to the High Court.

 

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