Alex Salmond, the former SNP First Minister of Scotland, has today been cleared at the High Court in Edinburgh of all the charges made against him. The politician had been faced with thirteen charges of sexual assault and he was cleared on twelve of these with another remaining unproven. The assaults were alleged to have taken place between 2008 until 2014, all having been said to have occurred during Salmond’s period as First Minister from 2007 until 2014.
Gordon Jackson QC, a former SNP MSP and Salmond’s legal counsel, said that there had been a series of inconsistencies and irregularities in the testimony of those woman who had made the allegations. He added in court last week:
“I don’t care if you like him or you don’t like him. He was the Marmite man but I know he’s entitled to the law’s protection. He’s entitled not to be convicted of anything unless there’s clear evidence.”
Salmond thanked those who had supported him and added:
“Whatever nightmare I have been through over the last two years it is as nothing compared to the situation we are all going through. If you can, go home, take care of your families, God help us all.”