Press release from Aamer Anwar | Tom Watson MP
There is once again a full scale criminal inquiry taking place in Scotland in relation to the Defamation and Perjury case. Officers from the Strathclyde’s Major Investigation Teams have been tasked by the Crown Office to examine aspects of the evidence presented during the Tommy Sheridan perjury trial.
In addition, they are examining specific claims of phone hacking and breaches of data protection in Scotland. Strathclyde Police have been liaising with the Metropolitan Police in relation to any Scottish dimension to their current investigations.
Copies of Correspondence from Strathclyde Police’s Operation Rubicon had been presented to the court by ourselves highlighting their concerns at any prejudice. We argued against the lifting of the sist. In conclusion their Lordships refused the motion of Newsgroup Papers Ltd to lift the sist..
Following the hearing Aamer Anwar, Tommy Sheridan’s solicitor stated:
“For several years the News of the World appeal was sisted so as not to prejudice a police inquiry into Tommy Sheridan. That inquiry cost £2 million and took over 50,000 police hours. Major police inquiries are now ongoing, both North and South of the Border into the defunct News of the World. Strathclyde Police’s Operation Rubicon began on July 7th 2010 after Tom Watson MP and myself handed a dossier to them detailing allegations of criminality. It appears that the shoe is on the other foot, today we were successful in requesting that proceedings remain sisted pending the outcome of the criminal inquiries. It is essential that the present criminal investigations are not prejudiced.”