Perjury: deliberate swearing of a false oath

Perjury is the deliberate swearing of a false oath in regard to a material matter in judicial proceedings. It is regarded as a serious offence, since false evidence strikes at the heart of the judicial system. Without truthful witnesses, the courts w

20th February, 2010

Perjury is the deliberate swearing of a false oath in regard to a material matter in judicial proceedings. It is regarded as a serious offence, since false evidence strikes at the heart of the judicial system. Without truthful witnesses, the courts would be unable to function.

In the Willie O’Dea case, the former minister swore an affidavit seven weeks after giving an interview during which he made false allegations about Sinn Féin candidate Maurice Quinlivan....

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