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Disgraced socialist politician Tommy Sheridan vowed to keep fighting as he was jailed for three years for perjury.
The former MSP described his punishment for lying to the courts during his successful defamation action against the News of the World in 2006 as "heartbreaking".
After being sentenced, he announced his intention to appeal against his conviction.
In a statement read outside court by his solicitor, Aamer Anwar, he said: "This multi-million pound prosecution will separate me from my wife and child and that will be heartbreaking. But I will continue to fight a system that protects the real criminals - the rich and powerful."
After a three-month trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Sheridan, 46, was found guilty in December of lying about the newspaper's claims that he was an adulterer who visited swingers' clubs.
Sheridan's wife Gail, who has vowed to stand by her husband, was also accused of lying to the jury at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, but she was acquitted when the Crown dropped the case against her last month.
Mrs Sheridan sat in court, as close as possible to her husband, as the judge Lord Bracadale delivered his sentence. She led the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant's family, friends and comrades in a one-fisted salute as he was led, handcuffed, to the cells.
Outside court, Mrs Sheridan said: "Tommy has dedicated his life to helping others. The real reason why he's been imprisoned today is because he has fought injustice and inequality with every beat of his heart.
"But it won't be long before Tommy is back stronger and continuing the fight."
Before he was sentenced, Sheridan, who conducted his own defence for most of the trial, said: "I remain a passionate socialist and am determined to put to positive use my time in custody."
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