Former UK minister and ex-wife jailed

2013-03-11 22:39
Chris Huhne (Sang Tan, AP)

Chris Huhne (Sang Tan, AP)

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London - A former UK Cabinet minister has been sentenced to eight months in jail over a convoluted attempt to pin a speeding penalty on his wife in 2003.

Chris Huhne, 60, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice last month after months of denials.

He resigned as a UK lawmaker the same day he pleaded guilty.

His ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, was convicted of the same charge last week.

Pryce - who had claimed Huhne coerced her into take the penalty for the speeding violation - and her ex-husband were both sentenced on Monday at London's Southwark Crown Court.

She also received an eight- month jail sentence.

The couple split in 2010 after Huhne's affair with his public relations adviser was revealed.

The conviction has shattered Huhne's political career.

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