Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been cleared of perjury as case against him collapses at the High Court in Edinburgh
Mr Coulson had been accused of committing perjury at the 2010 trial of former socialist MSP Tommy Sheridan.
Trial judge Lord Burns upheld a defence motion that Coulson, from Kent - a former director of communications for the Prime Minister - had no case to answer.
Delivering his ruling, Lord Burns said he had "sustained the arguments in favour of the accused" and told Coulson: "I acquit you of the charge."
He gave his decision on Monday following two days of legal submissions from Mr Coulson's defence QC but it could not be reported until today as the Crown was given time to decide whether to appeal against the ruling.
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