Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jurors to continue considering verdict in Alex Salmond sexual assault trial

Jurors to continue considering verdict in Alex Salmond sexual assault trial

Such remarks appear to relate to how the Scottish government, now under the guidance of SNP leader and Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, a one-time protege and friend of Salmond, handled complaints against the ex-first minister. Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described him as her "mentor".

Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has been acquitted of attempted rape and a series of sexual assaults, including one with intent to rape.

Salmond had denied all of the charges, which were made by nine women who are all either former Scottish government officials or SNP politicians, as "deliberate fabrications" for political purposes.

He said: "I have never attempted to have non-consensual sexual relations with anyone in my entire life".

He said: "I'd like to thank my friends and family for standing by me over the last two years". The allegations spanned a period between June 2008 and November 2014. "People are dying. More people are going to die".

During a procedural hearing of the case, reporting of which was banned until the end of the trial, Mr Salmond's defence team claimed the Scottish Government and those working there turned to the criminal process to try to "discredit" him after he won a civil case into how the administration handled sexual harassment complaints against him.

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He was found not guilty of 13 charges, and not proven in another.

Jurors had retired to consider their verdicts on Friday.

At any other time, the trial of a man who was once leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) and head of Scotland's government, would have made headline news.

Mr Jackson conceded Salmond might have acted inappropriately on occasion but he said his conduct was not criminal.

Scottish political commentator Gerry Hassan told Al Jazeera: "Apart from the sensational first and second day of the Salmond trial, it was relegated to also-ran comments in the mainstream media".

Salmond was found not guilty of 12 charges and the remaining charge was found not proven.

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