Alex Salmond today finds himself having to consider legal action yet again in relation to the sexual misconduct allegations that he was found innocent of on every account by a Jury of his peers in the highest Court in the land due to the serialisation of a book by David Clegg and Times journalist Kieran Andrews. This book alleges that Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans (her who always tells the truth), Scotland’s most senior civil servant, is said to have upheld five charges against Mr Salmond at the conclusion of her investigation in 2018. Alex Salmond has said “he had also instructed his lawyers 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”.
While some decent people have been very quick to come out in support of Alex Salmond today is a day of shame for Scotland in a long list of shame in recent years when it comes to justice or what passes for it now in Scotland from our Courts and our so called media. Alex Salmond not only won his legal case against the Scottish Government, a jury at the High Court in Edinburgh cleared the former first minister of all charges in March 2020. ALL CHARGES.
Enough is enough. We should be looking at the media in more detail regarding this case, especially around the three leaks (not one) of the original concerns to the media Leak 1 Daily Record splashed (on 23 August 218) about Salmond being reported “to the cops over allegations of sexual assault,” Leak 2 a second article in the Sunday Post written by Andrew Picken1 (26 August) told readers that “Scotland’s top law officer said sex claims had to be handed over to police,” and later still Leak 3 (on 12 November) the Daily Record again informed the hungry public that Salmond’s “sex rap cops” were “probing alleged incidents at Edinburgh Airport.” As Wings Over Scotland pointed out in this article certain journalists and Liz Lloyd (Sturgeons Chief of Staff) appear to know each other pretty well but of course Police Scotland could not find the source of any leaks to the media, maybe they should be looking at this yet again because an innocent man is being dragged through the mud at every opportunity by journalists in Scotland.
The other issue is also that a jury, who were able to hear all of the defence case, a defence case that the public will never be allowed to hear shamefully, did not believe any of the complainers in court, or evidence produced by the prosecution, think about that for one second, they did not believe any of the complainers or the prosecution, and yet Alex Salmond continues to be tried in public day after day, Craig Murray sits in a jail cell for so called jigsaw identification of the accusers, and yet people like Clegg and Andrews appear to be getting away with rehashing these accusations by way of a book, and according to Wings Over Scotland All of the accusers said, clearly and specifically, that Salmond had sexually assaulted them, but the jury concluded that he didn’t sexually assault a single one of them. How can that be justice, how can that be fair, how can Scotland have become such a tin pot country since Nicola Sturgeon took charge.
By writing this book are Clegg and Andrews bringing into questions the Jury in the trial? are they are bringing into question the defence witnesses? are they are bringing into question Scotland’s judicial system? is that’s ok? well it bloody well is not in my opinion if that is what is happening. It is bad enough that I no longer have faith in our judicial system and this will be yet another test of it. Alex Salmond has made a formal complaint to the Crown Office, will they act, I doubt it given their record in this case to this point but I hope that he does find justice, find some peace. I am always weary of writing anything about this whole process because we are just not safe to comment anymore in Sturgeon’s Scotland but this is a disgrace.
David Davis, Conservative MP, a former UK cabinet minister said in Westminster senior SNP figures should be investigated over possible “collusion, perjury and criminal conspiracy” in relation to the handling of complaints against Alex Salmond. Should that include the Scottish Media if it ever came about, of course it should but it won’t ever see the light of day because too many in the Scottish Government and the Scottish Judicial system have too much to lose it would appear. It is ok to continue to try an innocent man in the court of public opinion daily while the courts protect complainers via anonymity in these type of cases but appear to allow free reign for so called journalists while one man, Craig Murray, the only journalist to report the defence case, sits in a jail.
It’s disgusting that here I am tonight having to write about an injustice that will go down in Scottish history as one of our greatest legal shames in the history of Scotland, it is not too late to right the wrong, but from what we have seen, it just won’t happen will it. I really hope Alex Salmond can find a way to justice for all our sakes and all of those who as Wings Over Scotland noted it can only be the case that one side was lying absolutely, and those journalists who failed to report the whole case, they know who they are, are equally held to account.
I would also encourage you to look at Gordon Dangerfield’s blog for a lot of great insight into this whole shameful time in our history.