Ms Sturgeon is beneath rising strain to clarify why the Scottish Parliament redacted swathes of Mr Salmond’s written proof 16 hours after it was revealed on its official web site. In his proof, Mr Salmond alleged Ms Sturgeon had damaged the ministerial code and in addition named individuals he claims had been concerned in a “malicious and concerted” try to take away him from public life.st year.
The choice to redact the proof was condemned by former MP George Galloway who’s a fierce critic of Ms Sturgeon’s SNP and its bid for Scottish independence.
Mr Galloway tweeted: “I urge all decent supporters of Independence to join the rest of us in demanding this: #ResignSturgeon.”
Another critic tweeted: “All done in plain sight as well which is sinister enough in itself.
“She can have the gall to put it down to an ‘oversight’ you wait and see.”
Another said: “This is so outrageous. It’s past something we’ve ever witnessed in politics in UK!”
One furious voter said: “Whether you’re a unionist, or an indy you certainly can’t ignore the wilful corruption being performed out right here.”
And another tweeted: “Independence will not be well worth the soul of Scotland.”
Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay called for a cabinet minister to appear urgently to answer questions about a “disaster of credibility” over the saga.
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And Mr Salmond’s lawyers have demanded legal justification for the decision and warned it had jeopardised his planned appearance before a Holyrood committee tomorrow.
Mr Salmond’s written evidence alleges a “malicious and concerted” bid to remove him from public life, and named those responsible as Ms Sturgeon’s chief of staff Liz Lloyd, the First Minister’s husband and SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, the SNP’s compliance officer Ian McCann and its chief operating officer Sue Ruddick.
The evidence stated: “Underlying all of this and maybe probably the most severe situation of all is the entire breakdown of the required limitations which ought to exist between Government, political occasion and certainly the prosecution authorities in any nation which abides by the rule of legislation.
“I leave to others the question of what is, or is not, a conspiracy but am very clear in my position that the evidence supports a deliberate, prolonged, malicious and concerted effort amongst a range of individuals within the Scottish Government and the SNP to damage my reputation, even to the extent of having me imprisoned.”
The Scottish Government’s Handling of Harassment Complaints Committee was arrange after the Court of Session in Edinburgh dominated the Scottish Government’s dealing with of complaints towards the previous first minister to be “unlawful” in a judicial assessment.
This resulted in £512,250 in authorized prices being paid out to Mr Salmond’s legal professionals.
Mr Salmond was individually acquitted of all 13 fees together with sexual assault, tried rape and indecent assault following a trial on the High Court in Edinburgh final year.