Alex Salmond, Former Scottish First Minister, Charged with Sexual Assault and Attempted Rape Charges

Alex Salmond, the former Scottish First Minister, has been charged with fourteen offences, including nine charges of sexual assault, two of attempted rape, two of indecent assault and one of breach of the peace. The former SNP Member of Parliament and Member of the Scottish Parliament appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today with relation to the charges made.

Salmond said in a statement:

Let me say from the outset, I am innocent of any criminality whatsoever,” he said in a brief statement as he stood flanked by a lawyer and press adviser. The only thing that I can say is I refute absolutely these allegations of criminality and I will defend myself to the utmost in court. I’ve got great faith in the court system in Scotland and that is where I will state my case. You know me well enough to know that I’d love to say a great deal more but I have got to observe the rules of the court and in court is where I will state my case.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP said:

“These are now live criminal proceedings and that means now more than ever it would be completely inappropriate for me or anyone else for that matter to make any comment on the situation.”