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Complainant Name:
Ian Strachan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mail


Ian Strachan of London complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about his recent release from prison contained a number of inaccuracies: he was not bisexual; he had not had an affair with a Royal aide; he served 30 months in jail, not 22, for his role in a blackmail plot; he had not threatened inmates while at an open prison. When he complained directly to the newspaper, it agreed to publish a clarification but did so in terms that were, said the complainant, also inaccurate.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following, further correction under the ‘Ian Strachan, For the Record':

We recently reported on the release from prison of Ian Strachan, who served 30 months in jail for trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family.

He wishes to make clear that he is not bisexual and that this was not claimed during his trial. He also disputes claims that he had an affair with a male royal aide.

Strachan also wishes to clarify that he was sent to Wormwood Scrubs from an open jail because of an interview he had given to a magazine and not because he had threatened other inmates.

Date Published: 26/11/2010

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