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Monica Coghlan Dies in Car Crash

April 27, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ A former prostitute involved in a case that dogged the career of politician-turned-writer Jeffery Archer died Friday of injuries suffered in an auto accident.

Monica Coghlan, 50, was injured Thursday when her car was struck by a car driven by a fleeing robbery suspect in Scammonden, near Huddersfield, 190 miles northwest of London.

Police said the crash followed an armed robbery at a pharmacy. A 32-year-old man was arrested for questioning.

Archer faces trial next month on two charges of perjury, two charges of perverting the course of justice and one of using a false statement, all going back to his alleged liaison with Coghlan.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Archer’s trial would begin May 14 as planned, but would not say whether Coghlan had been asked to testify.

Archer resigned as vice chairman of the Conservative Party in 1986 after the Daily Star newspaper claimed he had had sex with Coghlan. He then sued the newspaper for libel.

Though Coghlan testified that Archer had been a client, he won $800,000, and proceeded to rebuild his political career.

Archer _ now Lord Archer _ was the leading Conservative candidate for mayor of London in 1999 but resigned from the race after a former friend disclosed he had agreed to lie about Archer’s whereabouts on a night in question in the libel case.

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