Chris Huhne, the former energy secretary who aspired to lead his Liberal Democrat Party, left prison today after serving two months of an eight-month sentence for lying about a driving offense.
Huhne was jailed on March 11 for perverting the course of justice after lying about who was driving his car when it was caught on camera speeding in 2003. His ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, who claimed she was behind the wheel, received the same prison term.
Today, Huhne left Leyhill Prison in Gloucestershire, England, television pictures showed. Pryce earlier emerged from East Sutton Park Prison in Kent, southern England, chased by photographers. Both will wear electronic tags as part of their early release.
Pryce was found guilty by a jury of perverting the course of justice for taking Huhne’s penalty points when they were married so he could avoid losing his license. After Huhne left her for an aide, Pryce sought revenge by telling the story to the Sunday Times.
After pleading guilty in February, Huhne resigned from the House of Commons. The Liberal Democrat quit his post in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet after being charged in February 2012, initially claiming he was innocent.
Under English law, offenders serving sentences of less than a year are automatically released after serving half their time.