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ARCHER APPEAL; Peer's 11th-hour bid.

Byline: NATHAN YATES

JAILED Jeffrey Archer yesterday launched a last-minute appeal against his conviction for perjury and perverting justice.

The 61-year-old millionaire and Tory peer lodged papers with the Appeal Court the day before a 28-day deadline expired.

If the appeal is allowed, it will be heard by a panel of three judges. Archer was jailed for four years last month after denying all charges against him.

They related to his rigging of the 1987 libel trial in which he won pounds 500,000 from the Daily Star over claims that he slept with prostitute Monica Coghlan.

Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Potts said Archer was guilty of "as serious an offence of perjury as I have had experience of". The judge must now decide whether to allow the appeal to proceed. Archer, best-selling novelist and former deputy chairman of the Tory party, is serving his sentence in Wayland jail, Norfolk.

The shamed peer has homes in London and Cambridgeshire. His private office and solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, refused to comment.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2001
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