Lips sealed over Archer tax probe

Reports in today’s newspapers claim a Revenue inquiry is expected after allegations about the financial arrangements of the disgraced novelist.

However a Revenue spokesman said that ‘confidentiality rules apply’ and that the department could not say whether it was or was not looking at his affairs.

Lord Archer today begins a four-year term in Belmarsh prison after being found guilty on two counts of perjury and two of perverting the course of justice in connection with a Daily Star libel trial of 1987.

He was acquitted of a third charge of perverting the course of justice.

His former friend and co-defendant Ted Francis, who had been asked to provide a false alibi for the 1987 trial, was cleared of perverting the course of justice.

Archer was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £175,000 and now faces a £2.2m legal action by the Daily Star in costs and damages. Links

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