2007 royal blackmail plot


2007 royal blackmail plot

The 2007 royal blackmail plot was a UK scandal in which two men attempted to blackmail a relation of the British Royal Family. The relative of the royal family was alleged to have been involved in activities involving drug taking, performing oral sex on a male aide and other things. [cite news | title = British royal blackmail | publisher = CBS News | date = 2007-10-28 | url = http://www.webcastr.com/videos/whats-hot/british-royal-blackmail.html]

Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the situation after the "The Sunday Times" reported the story on 28 October 2007.cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7065942.stm|title=Royal 'targeted by blackmailers'|accessdate=2007-12-08|author=|date=28 October 2007|publisher=BBC] cite web |url=http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1418680 |title=Royal blackmail plot uncovered |accessdate=2007-10-28|author=tvnz |date=2007-10-28 |year=2007 |month=October |format=article |publisher=tvnz] A spokesperson for the palace only stated that it was a police matter and that Scotland Yard was investigating.

The two defendants in the case were Ian Strachan and Sean McGuigan. Strachan, who was arrested on 11 September 2007, was charged under the Theft Act 1968 and was held in custody in Belmarsh Prison. He first applied for bail on 2 November, but this was refused.cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7132916.stm|title=No bail for royal 'blackmail' man |accessdate=2007-12-08|author=|date=7 December 2007|publisher=BBC] An appeal was also turned down on 8 December. They pleaded not guilty at the pre-trial hearing on 20 December 2007; the trial began on 14 April 2008. [cite news|title=2 Men Deny Royal Blackmail Attempt|publisher=The Associated Press|date= 20 December 2007|url=http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i0P9lyc8yBYIywP5G8Ol_sVBZ6yQD8TL6ECO0] Strachan was represented by Giovanni di Stefano, amongst other lawyers. [ [http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/people,778,charles-and-philip-may-be-called-for-blackmail-trial,21724 Charles and Philip may be called as witnesses] ]

The two men were convicted on 2 May 2008. Each was jailed for a period of five years. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7378345.stm BBC News report] ]

On 5 May 2008 Ian Strachan's lawyer Giovanni di Stefano announced that Strachan will appeal against his conviction. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7384136.stm Blackmail plotter in appeal bid] ]

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