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24 Jan, 2019 09:33

Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond arrested & charged, to appear in court Thursday

Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond arrested & charged, to appear in court Thursday

The former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has been arrested and charged and will appear in court later on Thursday, Scotland's Crown Office has confirmed.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We can confirm a 64 year-old man has been arrested and charged and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal. Proceedings are now live under the contempt of court act."

It's understood that Salmond went to police of his own volition to attend questioning on the sexual harassment allegations before being arrested, but was not held in custody overnight. He's currently in an Edinburgh hotel.

The former SNP leader, who hosts his own show on RT, has been under investigation by Police Scotland following an inquiry conducted by Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish government, into allegations by two women that he sexually harassed them a number of years ago.

The Scottish government gave their final report to police in August 2018. Salmond has denied the claims, which date back to 2013 when he was first minister.

He told Sky News late last year that he was "not guilty of any criminality whatsoever." He won his own separate legal case against the Scottish government on January 8 over their handling of an investigation into the complaints.

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Scotland’s highest court concluded that the inquiry into the harassment claims made as the former SNP leader was unlawful and “tainted with apparent bias.”

The Scottish Government have said they are conducting a review of what happened. Sturgeon has referred the case to independent advisers to decide upon whether she breached the ministerial code during phone calls and meetings with Salmond.

Police and Prosecutors have released no further information on the nature of the arrest relating to these new charges against Salmond.

Editor's note: RT comment on Alex Salmond case

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