Monday, 28 January 2013

Huhne: Date With Destiny

Chris Huhne and Daisy Benson: It Was All Good Then
Senior Lib Dem Chris Huhne will stand trial on Monday next week over a charge of perverting the course of justice - an offence that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The events which led to the charges date back to March 2003, when Huhne's car was allegedly caught by a speed camera on the motorway between Stansted Airport in Essex and London. Huhne and Pryce are accused of falsely informing the police in 2003 that Pryce was the driver of the car, thereby accepting responsibility for the offence so Huhne could avoid prosecution.
 
Allegations of wrong-doing were not made public until 2011, after the Huhne admitted an affair with his press agent, and ended his 26-year marriage tp Pryce. Following an eight-month police investigation, Huhne and Pryce, a prominent economist, were charged in February 2012 with perverting the course of justice.

Huhne has entered a not guilty plea. Pryce also denies the charge and has already lodged a defence of marital coercion.

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