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Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
'Forged diary used to sue Star'
Jeffrey Archer
Lord Archer has pleaded not guilty to the charges
Lord Archer used a forged diary to help him sue the Daily Star newspaper over its claims he had slept with a prostitute, the Old Bailey has heard.

David Waters, QC, prosecuting, told the court that the former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party made entries to the fake diary in early summer 1987 "purely to bolster his case in libel proceedings and pretended they had been in there in the previous year, September 1986",

Lord Archer faces seven charges in total - four of perverting the course of justice, two counts of perjury and one of using a false instrument.

The 61-year-old denies all the charges against him.

Cut off

Mr Waters told the court that the Daily Star's solicitors, Lovell White and King, now known as Lovells, had sought a court order that Lord Archer should file an affidavit about any diaries or memos relating to 8 or 9 September 1986.

Lord Archer's solicitors sent a document purporting to be a photocopy of his diary for 8 September and the early part of 9 September 1986 to Lovells on 11 May 1987, Mr Waters told the court.

"You will note that the photocopy of 9 Tuesday is cut off at midday," Mr Waters told the jury.

Mr Waters said when the original diary was inspected by a solicitor at Lovells "the last entry for the Monday night was in blue felt pen, the preceding one in black Biro, the others in pencil".

Covered up

"What he was not able to see was any other part of the diary other than that day and a half - not even the latter part of the Tuesday the ninth," Mr Waters told the court.

"All other parts had been covered up by plain pieces of paper."

When the Daily Star's solicitors sought a further order for Lord Archer to swear an affidavit as to any other diaries, notes or memos relating to 8 and 9 September, his team revealed there was another diary, Mr Waters told the court.

"This it was hoped, might remove the need for Lord Archer to swear an affidavit," he told the jury.

'Wholly unsatisfactory'

But when the second diary was examined only the entries on 8 September and the morning of 9 September could be seen because the other pages were again covered in paper, Mr Waters told the court.

Lovells persisted in asking for Lord Archer to swear an affidavit that he had no further diaries or similar documents, saying the whole business was "wholly unsatisfactory".

Lord Archer then swore an affidavit that the two diaries were the only documents of the type sought in his possession.

After the libel jury heard evidence from Lord Archer - in which he swore that both diaries had been in existence on 26 October 1986 and that the entries for 8 and 9 September had been in them then - they awarded him 500,000 damages in 1987.

The Old Bailey trial was adjourned until Thursday.

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