Alan McCombes was released from jail on 29 May 2006 after the Scottish Socialist Party handed over to the Court of Session the internal party document sought by the News of the World to assist in defending the action of defamation brought against it by ex-SSP leader Tommy Sheridan (see No 562).  However the party will continue to maintain that the document should remain confidential.  The decision followed police raids searching for the document in the homes of party members.  Meanwhile Tommy Sheridan published an open letter to party members, attacking those within the party whom he believed to be smearing him as a drug dealer and trafficker in women and prostitution.  He spoke of an unsavoury cabal of comrades at the core of the leadership