Former Scottish news editor of the News of the World arrested and charged over evidence given in Tommy Sheridan trial

Douglas Wright has been arrested and charged for his role in the Tommy Sheridan (pictured) trial
Douglas Wright has been arrested and charged for his role in the Tommy Sheridan (pictured) trial
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The former news editor of the News of the World Scotland, Douglas Wight, has been arrested and charged with committing perjury.

• Wright charged for alleged perjury during Tommy Sheridan trial

• Former NOTW news editor also faces charge for conspiracy to hack telephones

• Other charges relate to data protection offences

The 39-year-old was charged following an investigation carried out by Strathclyde Police named Operation Rubicon.

A force spokeswoman said a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal in Glasgow.

A statement from Strathclyde Police said: “Officers of Operation Rubicon of Strathclyde Police arrested and charged an 39-year-old male with perjury before the High Court in Glasgow during the trial in 2010 of Tommy Sheridan, the former MSP, conspiracy (in Scotland) to hack telephones, multiple charges of conspiracy to obtain the personal data of members of the public in breach of the Data Protection Acts and individual offences under these Acts.”

In May, David Cameron’s former communications chief Andy Coulson was arrested and charged with committing perjury at the same trial.

The 44-year-old former News of the World editor gave evidence in Sheridan’s perjury trial at the High Court in Glasgow in December 2010. Mr Coulson said he would “vigorously contest” the allegations.

Operation Rubicon detectives have been looking at whether certain witnesses lied to the court during Sheridan’s trial as part of a “full” investigation into phone hacking in Scotland.

Sheridan was ultimately jailed for three years in January last year after being found guilty of perjury during his 2006 defamation action against the News of the World.

He had been awarded £200,000 in damages after winning the civil case but a jury at the High Court in Glasgow found him guilty of lying about the now-defunct tabloid’s claims that he was an adulterer who visited a swingers’ club.

He was convicted of five out of six allegations in a single charge of perjury relating to his evidence during the civil action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

His wife Gail was on trial along with him but was acquitted of lying to the court during his successful defamation action against the News of the World in 2006.

He was released from jail in January after serving one year of his sentence and vowed to continue the fight to clear his name.