Operation Rubicon

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Operation Rubicon was a Scottish police investigation into allegations of phone hacking, breach of data protection and perjury.[1]

The operation was initiated by a complaint from Tommy Sheridan's family solicitor, Aamer Anwar, including allegations of perjury, phone hacking and breach of data protection.[2]

The operation was a major investigation, led by Detective Superintendent John McSporran.[1] The Herald has reported that 50 officers are assigned to the case[3]

The investigation detained Andy Coulson on 30 May 2012[4] and charged him with perjury.[5]

On 3 June 2015, Coulson was formally acquitted after a judge dismissed the case against him. All other cases investigated by Operation Rubicon were dropped without coming to trial.[6]


On 16 December 2007, Sheridan was charged with perjury following a defamation case against the News of the World. On 23 December 2010, a jury found him guilty of perjury and on 26 January 2011 he was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

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  1. ^ a b >"Statement published by Strathclyde Police". Strathclyde Police. July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  2. ^ "Statement published by Aamer Anwar" (PDF). Aamer Anwar. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  3. ^ "Strathclyde force assigns 50 officers to phone-hack probe". Scottish Herald. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  4. ^ Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson detained on perjury charges, STV, May 2012
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/may/30/andy-coulson-charged-with-perjury
  6. ^ Carrell, Severin (3 June 2015). "Andy Coulson cleared of perjury as Scottish court case collapses". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2015.

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