Four reporters allowed to hear recordings

Judge limits access to royal blackmail tape

By Laura May

Published: 20/03/2008

Recordings in the case of an alleged blackmail plot involving a member of the Royal Family will be heard only by a restricted number of reporters, a High Court judge ruled yesterday.

Lawyers had argued that the recordings, one of which formed part of the alleged plot and the second of which featured a meeting between the two defendants and an undercover policeman, should only be heard in secret.

The trial of Ian Strachan, 31, who was brought up in Aberdeen, and Sean McGuigan, 40, both of London, is due to take place at the Old Bailey next month.

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