Salmond in legal fight over ‘sex assault’ claim

The UK Parliamentary Election ; 
Count at the AECC for Gordon ; 
Pictured - Alex Salmond.  
Picture by Kami Thomson    08-06-17
The UK Parliamentary Election ; Count at the AECC for Gordon ; Pictured - Alex Salmond. Picture by Kami Thomson 08-06-17

Alex Salmond has launched a lawsuit against the Scottish Government following sexual assault allegations made by two staff members during his time as first minister.

The incidents, which he denies, were alleged to have happened in his official Bute House residence in December 2013.

Last night The Daily Record reported that, following an internal investigation, details of the accusations were passed to the police.

Mr Salmond has said the permanent secretary to the Scottish Government is “behaving unlawfully” with regards to following the correct complaints procedure.

He claims he has been unable to challenge the accusations, despite trying “everything”, and is now taking his case to the courts.

Mr Salmond said: “This is a procedure so unjust that even now I have not been allowed to see and therefore to properly challenge the case against me.

“I have not been allowed to see the evidence.”

He added: “It is therefore with great reluctance that I have launched a judicial review in the Court of Session which will decide the issue of the lawfulness of the procedure which has been used against me.

“The permanent secretary chose to deny me contact with any current civil servant, many of whom wished to give evidence on my behalf and access to documentation to allow me to properly challenge the complaints, all of which I refute and some of which were patently ridiculous.

“The procedure as put into operation by the permanent secretary is grossly unfair and therefore inevitably will lead to prejudicial outcomes.”

The former first minister, who held the office between 2007 and 2014, said if he loses the challenge he will face the complaints “both comprehensively and publicly” and added: “Until then I am bound to say nothing which would impinge on the court proceedings.”

In his statement, Mr Salmond also said: “If the Court of Session finds in my favour then the administration at the senior levels of the Scottish Government will have the most serious questions to answer.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “For legal reasons, we are currently unable to comment.”

A spokesman for the police said: “Police Scotland is not going to comment on whether an inquiry is ongoing.”