The former top media adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron has been arrested and charged with perjury in the trial of a flamboyant ex-Scottish lawmaker -- the latest case tied to allegations of wrongdoing by British tabloid newspapers.
The 44-year-old Andy Coulson was detained by Scottish police at his home in London Wednesday morning over an accusation related to testimony he gave in a high-profile case at Glasgow's High Court in 2010, when politician Tommy Sheridan was himself convicted of offering a false account in a legal hearing.
He was brought to Glasgow where he was questioned, arrested and later charged. In Scotland, which uses a different legal system from the rest of Britain, a suspect can be detained by police to answer questions before being formally arrested.
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