Scottish leader accused of sexual assaults and attempted rape

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Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland and the Scottish National Party, has today appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff court, facing a total of 14 charges for sexual assault and attempted rape.

The Scottish police had been investigating Mr Salmond after the Scottish Government had carried out their own inquiry in allegations of sexual harassment made against him.

The former MP and MSP appeared at court today for a private hearing just before 3PM Malta time. The hearing follows a police interview carried out the previous day.

He is accused of one breach of the peace, nine sexual assaults, two of rape and two of indecent assault.

‘I refute the allegations’

Following the hearing, Mr Salmond was released on bail making no plea.

He told the press that he would ‘refute absolutely these allegations of criminality and I’ll defend myself to the utmost in court.’, believing that he was ‘innocent of any criminality’.

He added that, ‘I was released on condition that I came to the court today to face the charges against me. That I have now done.’

‘So, let me say at the outset, I am innocent of any criminality whatsoever.’, Salmond continued.

The astonishing news takes places only a fortnight after the Scottish Court of Session in Edinburgh, ended its investigation into Mr Salmond stating that the complaints were flawed.

In turn Mr Salmond had called for a judicial review of the government whom he believes had treated him unfairly. This focuses on government process not the complaints.