Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne appears in Court over perverting the course of justice charges, he hopes a jury don’t back the Greek default position
If you are former energy secretary Chris Huhne, you aren’t a happy bunny at present.
He has made his first appearance in court today over a charge of perverting the course of justice after he allegedly dodged a speeding penalty.
And like a classic war movie, to ‘get the bad guy’, his ex wife has crawled through machine gun fire to pull the pin on the grenade which takes out her enemy.
Prosecutors have claimed that the Liberal Democrat politician persuaded his ex-wife Vicky Pryce to take points that should have been placed on his driving licence in 2003.
Serious stuff, and worthy of a prison sentence, perverting the course of justice is an offence which if convicted would see Huhne in prison.
Almost a decade since the alleged incident took place, the ex husband and wife team barely exchanged a glance as they stood in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court, in central London, where they face the same charge.
Huhne and Pryce spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses.
Then both defendants were granted unconditional bail.
Huhne, dressed in a dark suit and patterned tie, listened intently as the charge against him was read to the court.
His former wife, isn’t just an embittered wifey, she is an eminent economist.
At the hearing their body language was clear; they faced away from each other as the charges were read out during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.
Now that both have entered the lion’s den and statements have been made into the public domain, Chris Huhne is on an incredible sticky wicket. If his wife puts her hand and confesses in open court that she did take his speeding points, then by default he is cooked. The jury can’t believe her story and then accept his.
He says he is innocent and remains so in the eyes of the law, but you have to wonder why his ex wife would go so far back into their past to pull this out of the bag. It doesn’t by itself make her claims credible but it does cast doubts in the minds of the jury.
Huhne’s defence is obviously she is a liar, but can Huhne place her in the car?
Someone was obviously there, the question is who?
Perverting the course of justice carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University