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Complainant Name:
Ian Strachan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Press & Journal (Aberdeen)


Ian Strachan complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article was inaccurate in stating that he had served 22 months in prison; in fact it was 30 months. He also disputed that he had ever claimed to be a "friend of royalty".


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following clarification, under the heading "Release from prison of Aberdeen-born man":

In an article in August last year we referred to the release from prison of Aberdeen-born Ian Strachan, who had been convicted of blackmailing an unnamed member of the Royal Family. Mr Strachan has asked us to clarify that he served 30 months in jail in total, not 22. In addition, he says he never claimed to be a "friend of royalty", although he was acquainted with some members of the Royal Family.

Date Published: 24/05/2011

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