Severin Carrell – The Guardian Jan 22, 2020
Alex Salmond has appeared in court for a further hearing before his trial on 14 alleged sexual offences including an attempted rape.
The former first minister appeared at the high court in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning for a short procedural hearing before Lady Dorrian, the lord justice clerk, Scotland’s second most senior judge.
He is due to go on trial on 9 March on 14 charges of sexual assault against 10 women, including one of attempted rape and one of intent to rape while he was first minister and leader of the Scottish National party.
Salmond, 65, who sat between two security guards in the dock, has denied all the charges but made no comment in court. Dorrian adjourned the hearing until later on Wednesday.
After his first appearance on all 14 charges last November Salmond insisted he would clear his name.
Flanked then by his sisters Gail and Margaret, Salmond told reporters: “I’m innocent and will defend my position vigorously. But the only proper place to answer criminal charges is in this court and that’s exactly what we intend to do next spring.”
The attempted rape in 2014 and a separate assault with intent to rape in 2013 are alleged to have occurred in a bedroom at Bute House, the Georgian property in Edinburgh’s new town used as the official residence of Scotland’s first ministers.
In the attempted rape charge, he is accused of stripping off a woman’s clothes, pinning her against a wall and blocking her path, before forcing her on to a bed and trying to rape her.
The alleged offences cover a six-year period from June 2008 to November 2014, and include incidents alleged to have taken place at the Scottish parliament, in a ministerial car, at the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant in Glasgow and a nightclub in central Edinburgh.
Comment – Jan 23, 2020
A little perspective is in order here. First, although the above report doesn’t mention it, Alex Salmond is a married man. His wife is rarely in the limelight, perhaps because Moira McGlashan is 17 years older than Alex Salmond, 65. They met when he joined the Scottish Office in the 1970s and she was his superior.
I don’t know whether they married for love or if Salmond just wanted to advance his career, but the age difference may explain Salmond’s alleged behavior.
According to the Daily Express:
Moira was a 41-year-old senior administrator in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland when Alex Salmond, then a fresh-faced graduate from the University of St Andrews, aged just 24, joined the department as an assistant economist in the late 1970s.
THE couple, who have no children, were married at St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh in 1981 and set up home in the West Lothian town of Linlithgow. Six years later Alex was elected to Westminster as the SNP MP for Banff and Buchan and in 1990 Moira gave her first – and last – newspaper interview.
Salmond’s political career may well be nearing its end now. However, even with Salmond out of the way there is still another side to the Scottish Nationalist Party that is just as ugly. The following links and text were sent in by a correspondent and illustrate why plutocrats like Rupert Murdoch once backed the SNP’s campaign for independence. Murdoch probably recognised how thoroughly corrupt and ripe for manipulation the SNP actually were.
Unfortunately, Salmond successor Nicola Sturgeon is little better. In fact she may even be worse. Ed
“We have been the ONLY outlet that has been warning the public about the SNP utopian bullshit but even we didn’t expect these sordid headlines as SNP feminist lawyer Sturgeon manufactures laws to criminalize husbands whose only crime was to argue with their wives now classed as ‘COERCIVE’ bullshit while their own leaders are accused of multiple rape charges.” (Source)
Heterosexual men the new black in Apartheid Scotland
War against heterosexual men in Scotland like gender Apartheid
Alleged domestic abuse and/or violence a MASSIVE masonic ruse
SNP Shambolic Narcissistic Pervs and oh how the mighty fall
Buchanan Galleries becoming the number one choice for suicidal men in Glasgow
Scotland has a feminist lawyer MAN hater Nicola Sturgeon running the show