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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 12:52 GMT 13:52 UK
Archer defence case closes
Lord Archer
Archer: Cleared of one of seven dishonesty charges
Lord Archer's legal team has concluded the case for the defence at his Old Bailey perjury trial.

The 61-year-old former Tory peer faces dishonesty charges arising from his successful 1987 libel action, in which he won 500,000 damages from the Daily Star over allegations that he slept with a prostitute.

Lord Archer and retired television producer Ted Francis, 67, were charged after allegations emerged that Mr Francis had provided a false alibi for the day in question before the start of the libel trial.

The alibi was never used because the Daily Star realised that the allegations, that Lord Archer had slept with prostitute Monica Coghlan, related to the previous day.

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

He has already been cleared of one charge of dishonesty, on the direction of the judge.

Mr Francis, of Cranleigh, Surrey, denies one charge of perverting the course of justice.

Nicholas Purnell QC, for Archer, told trial judge Mr Justice Potts: "My Lord that completes the case for Lord Archer."

Mr Francis then took the witness box and described how he had been married for 43 years and has four grown-up daughters.

The case continues.

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