Alex Salmond in court over sexual assault charges

No ratings yet. Log in to rate.

Alex Salmond, 64, appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh faced with 14 charges. The charges against him include attempted rape, intent to rape, 10  sexual assaults, and 2 indecent assaults, all said to have taken place during his time as First Minister (FM).

These assaults are said to have taken place in a number of locations, including Bute House (the official residence of the FM), the Scottish Parliament and Stirling Castle.

The former FM has denied all allegations. Outside of the court, addressing the press, he said: 

“I am innocent and will defend my position vigorously. But the only place, the only proper place, to answer criminal charges is in this court, and that’s exactly what we intend to do next Spring.”

Mr. Salmond was previously the leader of the SNP and served as FM from May 2007 until November 2014, when he resigned after the failure of the Scottish Independence Referendum. He then lost his Gordon seat in the snap election of 2017.

In August he received over £500,000 from the Scottish government to cover his legal expenses after a bitter legal battle over how the government handled their inquiry.  He claimed to have been treated unfairly and with bias, which the government later agreed with and made the payment.

It is thought that the trial against Mr Salmond will last 4 weeks.

Comments

No comments have been made. Please log in to comment.
 

Latest News

AGM 2021: Motion Summary

Motion results summary from RGU:Union's Annual General Meeting for the academic year 2020-2021.

 
Student Elections 2021: Coming soon

Stand up for RGU students - take part in this year's Student Elections!

 
 

Top stories from Radar

Energy price increase set for the UK

Consumer regulator Ofgem has announced that the price cap on energy will increase on 1 April 2021 due to rising wholesale costs and growth in demand.

This means that a typical household on a default energy tariff could expect a bill increase of £96 per year.

This could affect around 11 million homes in England, Wales, and Scotland (Northern Ireland sets its own cap).

The cap for prepayment meter customers will increase by £87 per year, affecting around 4 million households.

 
Heart-felt gifts for every occassion

2021 seems to be another year full of locked down celebrations. However, don’t see this as entirely negative. As with time on our hands, we finally have the chance to make personalised gifts for our loved ones. We’ve compiled a list of heart-felt (affordable) gifts for every occasion.

 
Rio’s new mayor saves native forest

Plans to build a Formula 1 circuit in a Rio De Janeiro forest have been discarded, following criticism from environmentalists.

The Deodoro circuit, scheduled to be built on a former army base in Camboata Forest, would have required felling thousands of trees.

The Brazilian former military base served as a competition venue during the 2016 Olympics and plans to repurpose it have caused controversy locally.

 
The Serpent - Review

Cunning and calculating, murderer Charles Sobhraj makes for an intriguing antagonist in BBC One’s new crime thriller, The Serpent.