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Andy Coulson appears in court on perjury charge

Andy Coulson
Image caption Reporting restrictions on Mr Coulson's court appearance have been lifted

The prime minister's former director of communications, Andy Coulson, has appeared in court charged with perjury.

The 45-year-old appeared in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday, where he made no plea or declaration and was granted bail.

A contempt of court order was granted at the hearing banning media coverage.

The order was challenged by a number of media organisations and following legal submissions was lifted on Tuesday by Sheriff John McCormack.

Mr Coulson was represented at last week's hearing by the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Richard Keen QC.

Communications director

Mr Coulson had been detained at his London home in May last year and then driven more than 400 miles to Glasgow by officers from the former Strathclyde Police.

He was held at Govan police station, where he was questioned and later charged.

Mr Coulson became editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper in 2003, before he resigned in 2007.

He also served as Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications before resigning in January 2011.

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