The former first minister, ALBA Party leader, and champion of Scotland’s rights, here refers to a new publication that quotes flaky evidence from women complainants discredited at his trial, a trial in which he was exonerated from all accusations. Comments in the book include off-the-cuff remarks from some staff allegedly working at Bute House, Edinburgh, the residence of the first minister.
Extracts from the book have been publicised in the right-wing press, most prominently by one David Clegg. ‘Breakup’, subtitled ‘How Sturgeon and Salmond Went to War‘, is by Keiran Andrews and … co-author and newspaper editor David Clegg – the latter of the hot-to-trot US hotel assignation with Nicola Sturgeon’s close adviser, Liz Lloyd, and subsequent leaked Holyrood documents to the Daily Record.
Some of the comments quoted in the book surely identify, jigsaw fashion, the women complainants – contempt of Section 11 – the very thing that put Craig Murray in jail. How the Scotland’s Crown Office can square that arrogance is theirs to explain.
The quotations incorporated in the book are, in the view of this site, a sleazy attempt to resurrect guilt by innuendo and hearsay, or, as in the infamously shabby BBC-Wark documentary, retry Salmond to defame him further in the mind of the gullible public.
If there’s anything guaranteed to unite people behind a wronged radical and confound their scumbag colonial tormentors, know it as the Scots’ sense of justice. GB
ALEX SALMOND STATEMENT
Book Extracts referred to Crown Office
“I had previously considered that following two Court cases and a Parliamentary Inquiry it would be best to make no further comment on any of these matters.
The upcoming publication of a book and extracts now reported make that impossible. Thus I have taken the following course of action.
First, after consultation with my lawyers, I consider that the book potentially breaches the criminal law in a number of ways and I have reported my concerns to the Crown. The Crown Office has previously taken action against others. Now it must now display the impartiality and independence which lies at the heart of public prosecution in pursuing these breaches. For legal reasons I cannot say any more on this issue for now.
Secondly, I have instructed my lawyers also to report to the Crown the outrageous decision of some to publish leaked extracts of the Permanent Secretary, Lesley Evans’ findings in the original unlawful investigation.
This appears to me to be in clear defiance of Lord Pentland’s ruling in January 2019 which reduced her decisions and the investigation on which those conclusions were based as “unlawful”, “unfair” and “tainted by apparent bias”. Any leaking is in direct contravention of that order and thus undermines the entire purpose and outcome of the successful judicial review. As such it is an attack on the administration of justice itself. The original leak of the existence of the report in August 2018 was considered prima facie criminal by the ICO.
In responding to the allegations against me I have at all times respected the lawful processes and integrity of the Courts. I have trusted in those legal processes. I won two Court cases in the highest courts in the land both civil and criminal, where a judge found in my favour and jury of 9 women and 6 men acquitted me.
There are some who still wish to ignore the considered decisions of judges and the jury who actually heard the evidence and replace them with press smears based on malicious leaks and ludicrous gossip.
That stops now.
I have therefore instructed my legal team to write to the appropriate investigating authorities in order that these matters, including potential criminality, be comprehensively investigated.