Alex Salmond: A Statement

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The Right Honorable Alex Salmond

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF ALEX SALMOND 

“The documents released tonight confirm that sisting (postponing) the Judicial Review was indeed under active consideration by the Scottish Government in September 2018.”

John Swinney must now be the only person in Scotland who believes that the piecemeal release of these extraordinary legal documents have done anything other than demolish the Government’s pretence that they were not warned months in advance that they were on course to lose the judicial review. The more they release the more threadbare the government’s position becomes. We look forward to further revelations in tomorrow’s instalment.

The real question he has to answer is why they kept running down the clock and running up the bills, long after they were warned of the position by external counsel in the starkest of terms.

A witness statement supplied to the Inquiry this week by Alex Salmond, demonstrates that the prospect of the criminal investigation overtaking the judicial review was well known among special advisers and SNP officials by November 2018.

External counsel were specifically asked in September by the Government to consider whether they  “should seek to have the judicial review proceedings sisted pending the outcome of any police investigation” and on September 4 said “we can see strength in the argument that the criminal investigation may make the entire petition pointless: if there is a criminal conviction then surely the case would not proceed.”

On September 17th the Lord Advocate advised in favour of reporting restrictions instead. In the event it was Alex Salmond’s legal team who moved for these reporting restrictions on 4th October 2018 in front of Lord Pentland. The Government were not even represented at the hearing.

Mr Salmond has never argued that the Lord Advocate was involved in accelerating the criminal case to overtake the judicial review. Indeed in his evidence last Friday he argued exactly the opposite.

What he has stated is two things;

Firstly, that the prospects of sisting was in wide discussion in September 2018. The Committee has not been given all of the documents by the Government but if they serve a notice on Mr Salmond’s lawyers they will be provided with the ones they hold. The Crown Office have blocked their release up until now.

Secondly, that it had become common knowledge among special advisers and SNP officials in November 2018 that the judicial review was going to succeed but that it could be overtaken by the criminal investigation if it were sufficiently advanced.

Mr Salmond at the Committee’s request, submitted a witness statement yesterday which corroborates that position. 

In contrast to the Scottish Government, Mr Salmond has provided, or offered to provide, documentary evidence to back every statement he has made to the Inquiry”

Appendix 1

In his oral evidence session Mr Salmond said;

“Sisting was being examined by the Lord Advocate because, quite clearly, you would expect him, as the Government’s legal adviser, to be looking at that—and not just Mr Cackette and others; it would be very important for those to see it. I am not suggesting for a second that the Lord Advocate was engaged in thinking, therefore, “We should accelerate the criminal case in order to avoid defeat in the civil case.” I am not suggesting that for a second. I am merely suggesting that there was widespread knowledge by November 2018 that the judicial review was going to fail, on the part of the Government, and that there was a prospect of it being sisted if the criminal case came to a moment before the judicial review hearing in January 2019.”

Appendix 2

Documents released from 4 September 2018 

Note from External Counsel

27. we have been asked for our views on whether the respondents should seek to have the judicial review proceedings sisted pending the outcome of any police investigation and/or criminal proceedings that may follow the investigation 

35. we can also see strength in the argument that the criminal investigation may make the entire petition pointless: if there is a criminal conviction then surely this case will not proceed; and if there is a trial and an acquittal then the Ministers would be faced with a very different situation than that which presently obtains”

ENDS 

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19 Responses to Alex Salmond: A Statement

  1. dongil.islay says:

    Thanks for this Gareth.I despair at this horror show against Scotlands greatest ever politician. Stay strong Slàinte DonaldSent from my Galaxy

  2. katielass04 says:

    Thank you for putting this statement up, Gareth. It’s just truly awful what that woman (Sturgeon) sat and denied, yesterday! I can’t believe she – nor any of her cabal – have stepped down today! The have the necks of a brass monkey, they really do!

    Hope you’re feeling a bit better now, sir. I hope someone is sneaking you in some tasty meals – The healing process would sooo be escalated if they could just do something about the taste & presentation of the food, I swear! :-O Take care.x

  3. Cath says:

    I despair as well, especially after Sturgeon spent all day yesterday traducing the man even further. No one should be put through all this by the most powerful people in the country. I have no idea how he’s coping with it all. I only hope the truth comes out soon, but so much damage has already been done. I’m also beyond depressed to see Sturgeon in her true colours as well: truly a nasty person, and one I’ll never trust or believe on anything again.

  4. Grouse Beater says:

    Nicola’s presentation was as I expected, aggressive, personal, school ma’am, yet forgetful,
    unattached, and delivered in a blood red bull angry short jacket and skirt.

  5. Thankyou for your Honesty Alex and Thankyou Gareth for yours too Truth always comes out..Honest people shall reap rewards ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️ And Best Wishes to you all ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Take care Gareth and dae as yir telt ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿❤️ So many caused this !… He’ll mend them..Rewards in our truth..

  6. duncanio says:

    Thanks for this. More damning information regarding Scottish Government’s shady operations.

    Clearly the November 2018 exchange between SG and external counsel is still outstanding – that was when the one and only meeting that Nicola Sturgeon owned up to attending (13th November from memory of what she said at her oral session to Committee yesterday).

    But Alex Salmond has the documentation, corroboration and witnesses to support his written and oral evidence.

    Nicola Sturgeon, on the other hand, offers only bluster, evasion, plausible deniability and faux upset.

    Here’s to hasting ye back to better health.

  7. When Scotland is within touching distance of independence does mr salmond want to destroy it could it be because he thinks no one should lead this country to freedom but him surely no one person is bigger than the party ?

  8. Grouse Beater says:

    You have it the wrong way around. Some people in the SNP government thought to destroy Salmond, even to see him jailed, the only person to scare Westminster and Whitehall,. He secured a referedum, lit the fire of freedom, and resigned honourably when he failed by a small margin.

  9. I do believe they tried to blackmail Mr Salmond and I also think that at certain junctures their thinking was that ‘this will stop him’. For all the time spent with Mr Salmond, it’s clear that Nicola Sturgeon knew nothing about the man’s depth of character.
    Sturgeon’s presentation at the inquiry proved, time and again, just how lying became her and how prevarication was integral to her political persona.
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  10. Thanks for posting this Gareth and I hope you’re feeling on the mend.
    My conscience truly will not allow me to vote SNP if I am home in time, such is my utter disgust at the party’s Neoliberal capture and the conduct of that appalling narcissistic psychopath sitting before the committee yesterday.
    I hope independence comes so that the fight can begin to punish these crooks and charlatans and drive them from Scotland along with the British.
    It is morally imperative that they are brought to heel and made to pay for their crimes against the people of Scotland.

  11. When we were all too busy fighting the corrupt Tories,we forgot to look under our very own noses.
    Astounding what has gone on ~

  12. diabloandco says:

    What a gift to the enemies of Scotland this has been and as enemies I include the media.
    It has depressed me utterly and I know not how to vote in the election.
    My good wishes to you Grouse.

  13. sadscot says:

    Like others here, I’m depressed beyond belief and, for the first time since I was old enough to vote, I’m seriously considering not doing so.
    Watching NS on Wednesday was bad enough but listening to her bragging yesterday that, “I answered every question put to me over eight hours.”, was worse. She did not answer questions. She gave responses, not answers.
    She said “a mistake” had led to losing the JR. It wasn’t a mistake. A deliberate decision was made to set aside the clear process to be followed in ALL Civil Service Investigations. That is corruption and she couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say who made the decision or why she backed it.
    The real pity is that MSPs were allowed to lead this Inquiry because they showed, in the main, that they are incapable of leaving Party-politics aside. Consequently, opportunities to genuinely hold people to account were lost. Linda Fabiani was woeful. While she did caution Sturgeon at one point when she was smearing Salmond, Sturgeon continued to do it. Her obsession with Me Too was also not challenged. In wanting to “respond” to Me Too, was Sturgeon seriously relaxed about senior Civil Servants corrupting the official Investigation Process? Why did no one ask her?
    A formal Inquiry was needed. It still is.
    I saw a very different Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday and, then, yesterday at PMQs. It wasn’t a good look. I felt physically sick.

  14. I’m in absolute agreement with most of the comments here, and especially agree with these words: “Truth always comes out.. Honest people shall reap rewards ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿”

  15. sadscot says:

    John Swinney is claiming that the Scottish Government has now “utterly disproved” Salmond’s “conspiracy allegations”.

  16. Grouse Beater says:

    Salmond went out of his way to DENY ther was a conspiracy. What he said was, there was a concerted ‘campaign’ by a few civil servants, aided by the Crown Office, determined to halt any hope of his return to politics. Swinney is playing a Unionist trick – exaggerating an issue to fit his denial, as in “Salmond said once in a lifetime referenda’. He did not.

  17. sadscot says:

    WoS has published the latest documents released. They are astounding and blow Sturgeon’s protests on Wednesday out of the water. Can Committee recall her?
    I’m enclosing the link. GB, if you don’t accept links to other sites I apologise and please delete.

    https://wingsoverscotland.com/plough-on-regardless/

  18. Grouse Beater says:

    Yes, SS, the latest documents are condemning; you can see why they were released at the last minute, and only when those in possession had no choice. My site is a different format from the likes of Wings, but I will look to see what can be conveyed to readers. Many thanks.

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