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Friday, 1 June, 2001, 13:05 GMT 14:05 UK
Archer 'showed fake diary at trial'
Jeffrey Archer
Lord Archer has pleaded not guilty to the charges
Jeffrey Archer produced a fake diary in his 1987 libel case against the Daily Star newspaper, a court has heard.

That court case was recreated at the Old Bailey during the millionaire novelist's perjury trial on Friday.

David Waters QC, prosecuting, played Lord Archer - reading out his words as he was asked about the "original" diary kept by his secretary, Angela Peppiatt.

The four diaries
Diary One: The Appointments Diary which the prosecution says was kept secret at the 1987 libel trial
Diary Two: The 'fake' Appointments Diary allegedly used in the 1987 court case
Diary Three: The working diary kept at Lord Archer's flat, which provided material for the main diary
Diary Four: A second allegedly 'fake' blank diary, eventually not used in the 1987 trial

The prosecution alleges Lord Archer made false diary entries to cover up his whereabouts on the night the newspaper claimed he was with a prostitute.

Lord Archer, 61, was eventually awarded 500,000 damages after suing the paper for libel.

The former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party denies four charges of perverting the course of justice, two counts of perjury and one of using a forged or falsified diary.

At the centre of the current trial are four diaries - two genuine and two said to be fake.

Only one is known to be still in existence - the one retained by Mrs Peppiatt and handed to police in 1999.

On Friday Mr Waters said the diary Lord Archer produced in 1987 was in fact a blank volume - a new and faked document in which Archer had told Mrs Peppiatt to make entries.

The Daily Star's solicitor, Nicholas Atkins, told the Old Bailey jury on Friday that the diary had been bound in tape and partially obscured with paper when it was shown to him at the 1987 trial.

Lord Archer had said it was his "main" diary.

He had been asked if the diary, together with a working diary, had been in existence before 26 October 1986.

He had replied: "Yes, sir."

Asked if entries for 8 and 9 September - the time at which the Daily Star claimed Archer had sex with prostitute Monica Coghlan - were there before October 1986, he again had replied: "Yes, sir."

The case continues.

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"The prosecution have claimed that these diaries were bogus"
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