Alex Salmond, Scotland first minister arrested on allegations of sexual harassment

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Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland, has been arrested by police and will appear in court on Thursday afternoon.

Scotland Police spokesman said: “We can confirm a 64-year-old man has been arrested and charged and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.”

Salmond has been under investigation by Police in Scotland following a confidential investigation by the Scottish government into allegations by two women that he sexually harassed them several years ago.

The Scottish government sent their final report to police in August last year, although the first minister has consistently denied that he was guilty of any criminal behaviour, after the conclusion of investigation by the Scotland Police an arrest was made this morning.

In the past, the former minister had tried to resolve the claims made by the two women, who worked for the Scottish government, through mediation and arbitration.

Holiday Cars (UK)Media reported that the Police Scotland investigation had been broadened to include allegations about incidents at Edinburgh airport more than a decade ago.

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The case has been ongoing for a while, In early January, Salmond won a significant legal victory against the Scottish government after the civil service admitted its investigation into the two harassment claims had been mishandled.

Mishandled in the sense that the senior personnel expert who led the then investigation, Judith MacKinnon, had also been involved in counselling and supporting the two complainants before they filed their official complaints. That was a breach of Scottish Government rules as acknowledge by the Government. That made the investigation unlawful and bias then but that does not rule out the facts of the case.

The file was then handed over to the Police Scotland who did their own investigation into the alleged harassment of the two women before making arrest this morning.

More details to follow as event unfolds…

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