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Tuesday, 26 June, 2001, 13:18 GMT 14:18 UK
Archer 'used different diary in court'
Archer arriving at court
Prosecution claim Archer lied in court about dates
The Lord Archer perjury trial has heard that a small office diary shown to the court was not the same as one used in evidence in the author's 1987 libel action against the Daily Star.

The prosecution alleges that the smaller volume was Lord Archer's genuine diary, and he substituted a fake, larger diary in its place for the libel proceedings.

Geoffrey Shaw QC, who had been junior counsel for the Daily Star, which lost the libel case, told the Old Bailey that the first time he had seen Exhibit MNSP9 was last year, when police showed it to him.

Ted Francis
Ted Francis denies perverting the course of justice
Lord Archer and his friend, retired television producer Ted Francis, are denying dishonesty charges relating to the 1987 trial.

Mr Shaw said he viewed another diary at that trial.

Part of the diary had been masked with paper and it had been bound to prevent anyone flicking through other pages, he said.

Mr Shaw said Lord Archer and a man named Terence Baker had told the court in 1987 they were together on 8 September and the early hours of 9 September 1986.

But an entry in the diary shown to the Old Bailey on Tuesday, showed a meeting between the two men scheduled for the next night.

Alibi never used

In the 1987 trial Lord Archer won 500,000 damages from the Daily Star which alleged he slept with a prostitute.

Lord Archer denies four counts of perverting the course of justice, two counts of perjury, and one of using a diary as a false instrument.

Francis, 67, of Cranleigh, Surrey, denies perverting the course of justice.

Prosecution claims Francis had agreed to provide a false alibi for Lord Archer for 9 September, 1986.

The alibi was never used because the Daily Star realised that the day it alleged Lord Archer slept with a prostitute had been the previous day.

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