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INTERESTING THAT PRIVATE EYES OLD OWNER EDITOR IS ON THE RAINS LIST
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This week’s Private Eye has a piece on Mike Veale. The former Wiltshire and Cleveland police chief is is awaiting yet another Independent Office for Police Conduct ruling about his behaviour. How unlucky can one man be?

Probably not worth posting the whole article but the TL;DR to Private eye’s “What sort of oddball would appoint this dodgy Knacker just now?” is Rupert Matthews, the Leicester PCC who hired him for “advice on policing matters”, and who is a bona fide aliens, ghosts and paranormal nut, so no surprise there.

matt quinn returns as Hoaxteads Karen Irvine returns with more shite

Anna Brees is an ill-qualified imbecile, as I suspect most people reading already know.

Her only qualification specific to working in television is (she claims) a Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Diploma – which isn’t a regulated qualification, or one that many people seem to know about! By way of contrast the NCTJ (which is the ACTUAL national training body) develops and awards qualifications such as the Diploma in Journalism and the NQJ. NCTJ IS regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA. And the important thing about these is that they are ‘levelled’ courses and stand as national qualifications. To understand this a little better – legitimate qualifications issued in the UK sit on one of a number of academic ‘frameworks’…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_qualifications_frameworks_in_the_United_Kingdom

BJTC? – Years ago under the old Independent Television Authority and Independent Broadcasting Authority, the major broadcast companies ran their own training schools. Some of these tied-in with local FE colleges to deliver levelled units (subjects) which might or might not tie into a group award – City & Guilds, ONC, HNC/D etc. – What would then happen is that the training schools would ‘bolt-on’ their own industry-specific units.

The BBC did something similar with its own facility at Wood-Norton.

This system was mainly for technical staff passing ‘through the ranks’ straight from school – although there were production streams too. Traditionally a school leaver would get an admin job, go to ‘night school’ and get onto an internal training course to work as a Production Assistant etc. BJTC is, as far as I know, a ‘bolt-on’ certification born out of that old (now defunct) system – NOT a Diploma in its own right. i.e. if you were to take a Degree or Post-Grad in Journalism, it might (or might not) be ‘accredited’ by BJTC.

Personally, I’m not convinced that there ever was a stand-alone ‘Broadcast Journalism Diploma, BJTC’ offered anywhere – but if there were, it would not be an academic qualification, just a training certificate.

Highbury College (a G/FE college in Portsmouth, which Anna claims to have attended) offers the six-month Level 5 Diploma in Journalism, accredited by the NCTJ. This recently replaced the old Level 3 diploma which was mandatory in the apprenticeship standard for a Junior Journalist. – So these things are actually fairly basic qualifications.

Before this she claims a 2:1 BA in Theology/Anthropology completed between 1995 and ’98 at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David – I have no idea what this is or why you’d do that but hey! Why not? What I really don’t understand is the three-year gap between completing this ‘degree in nothing much’ and her taking several steps back to start studying Journalism.

Soooo, it’s September 2002 and Anna spends a month with ‘ITV’ at St Helier, Jersey Channel Islands as a ‘Broadcast Journalist Presenter’? Really? With no training, no significant qualifications and no experience she isn’t just filing forms and getting coffee? She then moves to Oxford for 3 years (as a Broadcast Journalist) and Birmingham (Journalist Presenter) for another 2.

I’m sorry, but this just doesn’t seem credible. I’m aware that she presented on Central West for a short while. None of the rest of this really adds up though.

For a start ‘ITV’ as we know it today was created through the merger of Granada and Carlton in 2004 creating a behemoth that controls all the Independent Television franchises in England and Wales and ‘swept away’ the old regional companies. But Channel Television wasn’t absorbed by the monster until 2011 and if you worked for them, you worked for Channel Television! Oxford? Wasn’t that Carlton TV? ‘Old School’ ITV people tend to be quite loyal to their former regional companies and in no doubt as to their identity!

“Ex BBC ITV reporter #newmedia teaching everyone to film like a journo using a mobile”

It’s true of course that in difficult situations where stories break in the field, or technical difficulties ensue, Television Journalists will occasionally use the last resort of a mobile phone. Likewise, phone footage might be broadcast if there is nothing better. However, television broadcasting in the UK is subject to regulation, and as part of the licensing conditions there are technical standards that need to be met. These are set out in documents such as EBU R118 and the AS-11 standards. This is why real Journalists are supported by well-equipped, highly skilled production crew and why Reporters and reporting teams are run by experienced Directors and Editors.

So, really what Anna is ‘teaching’ is how to pretend to be a “journo” much as a schoolchild might. In fact what she is doing is living out something of a childish fantasy, beloved mainly of marketeers who flog nasty overpriced tech tat to gullible kids off the back of such nonsenses.

Her BBC experience amounts to less than six months on what I believe was a short-term contract. ITV seemingly tolerated her for a while for god-knows-what reason. But legitimate, trained, experienced Journalist? Naaah!

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  • My only experience is with print journalism, so her assertions of her credentials have always been suspect.

    And all that is without even needing to go into the “Doing a Pilger” or “Greenwalding” route, where a journalist who has previously done well respected work suddenly goes batshit conspiracy crazy.

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    • @anowlcalledsage – Journalism is what it is regardless of the medium. Print Journalists aren’t expected to be typesetters or printers. Broadcast Journalists aren’t expected to be Engineers! There will, I appreciate, be additional skills peculiar to each medium, but the overarching discipline is the same.

      I’d urge everyone to do their own research from the information widely available. NCTJ is the authorised, regulated, national awarding body – that’s a fact you can check for yourselves. BJTC simply endorses courses run by awarding bodies as being suitable for those with a particular interest in broadcast. – https://bjtc.org.uk/students. EVERY ONE of those is either a BA, MA, MSc or PGc and EVERY one is offered by a university – which is the awarding body.

      She has a profile on LinkedIn that makes the claim:

      Highbury College
      Degree Name – Broadcast Journalism Diploma
      Field Of Study – BJTC
      Dates attended or expected graduation – 2001 – 2002

      By all means corroborate or disprove what I’ve said here – the more who do so independently, the better.

      But I can find absolutely no evidence of BJTC issuing Diplomas in their own right, or of any college offering any such course. – Her ‘ITV’ story simply doesn’t stand up either. Genuine Graduates in Journalism seem to have to compete quite fiercely to get a start in TV, and this has been the case for a very long time. How did she blag her way in? …TBH I thought she’d been caught out and bombed out years ago. It’s pretty disturbing to see what she’s up to!

HOLLIE GREIG 10 YEARS AND COUNTING

HOLLIE GREIG CASE EXPOSED IN TODAY’S SCOTTISH SUNDAY EXPRESS
HOLLIE GREIG(The following is a direct transcript from the Scottish Sunday express print edition article on Sunday 31st July, 2011)

The Lord Advocate has been urged to carry out a “thorough review” to find out why no one has been brought to justice in the case of a Down’s Syndrome woman who police say was abused as a child. Hollie Greig, now 31, alleges she was sexually assaulted for 14 years from the age of 6, before finally telling her mother, Anne, about her ordeal in 2000. Grampian Police did investigate but, along with the Procurator Fiscal’s office in the North East, concluded there was not enough evidence to bring a prosecution.

However, documents show that a doctor and the investigating officers “were all of the opinion that [Hollie] had been the victim of… sexual abuse in the past.” Two years ago Hollie was paid £13,500 in criminal injuries compensation after a Grampian detective described her as a “truthful witness” and an “innocent victim”. A further police probe was launched but last year the crown office said there was not enough “credible evidence” to take action. Now at least two English MPs have written to Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland to raise their concerns at the decision not to bring criminal proceedings. In one letter, Andrew George, Liberal MP for St. Ives in Cornwall states: “There appears to be a lot of evidence allegations which point in one direction and indicates that this whole case deserves a thorough review” He adds: “Many of the professionals with whom she came into contact have allegedly failed in their duties or even covered up important facts.” Conservative MP David Ruffley, MP for Bury St. Edmunds, also wrote to express his concerns about the “appalling case”

The Scottish Sunday Express understands that Prime Minister David Cameron has even been made aware of the allegations but is satisfied that it is purely a Scottish matter. Hollie and Anne, who now live in Shropshire, have become the focus of an extensive Internet campaign, with a number of blogs and social networking pages set up to discuss the case. Sarah Brown, the former Prime Minister’s wife, is among 3000 ‘friends’ of the ‘Hollie Demands Justice’ Facebook page. There is furious debate on a number of allegations, including the claim that Hollie was a victim of a paedophile ring. Others believe there has been a sinister “cover up” by the authorities, including the Crown Office, Grampian Police and the Scottish Government.

Many outlandish complaints were dismissed by former police watchdog for Scotland, Jim Martin, who looked into the case in 2008. However Mr. Martin also published a letter from a Detective Inspector in Aberdeen, which was sent to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in September 2003. It states: The position, as far as I can determine it, is that there seems a sufficiency of evidence to accept, on the balance of probability, that [Hollie] was sexually abused.”

Criminal injuries compensation requires a lower level of proof than the courts.

Robert Green, the Greig family’s lay legal advisor, said the tragic case is a “real can of worms” and demanded a public enquiry. A Crown Office spokesman said: “The Lord advocate has received a letter from Andrew George MP and has issued a response.” Yesterday, Mr. George released the contents of Mr. Mulholland’s reply. In it, he states: “Very careful consideration was given to the material by Crown Council who concluded that there was insufficient admissible, credible and reliable evidence in respect of these allegations.”

INFO COMMISSIONER FORCES SNP GOVERNMENT TO RESPOND IN HOLLIE GREIG CASE
The Scottish Government has been ordered to respond to correspondence sent to the First Minister Alex Salmond in connection with the Hollie Greig sex abuse case.

The letter, which posed six questions into the manner of the investigation and handling of the case and has been seen by The Firm was sent on 28 January and had received no response, despite a series of reminder letters. The Information Commissioner has now ruled that the Scottish Ministers have failed to comply with their obligations under Sections 10(1) and 21(1) of the Freedom of Information Act. Ministers are now “required” by the Commissioner to respond to the letter by 11 July.

“If the Ministers fail to comply with my decision I have the right to certify to the Court of Session that the Ministers have failed to comply,” Commissioner Kevin Dunion said. “The Court of Session can treat this failure as a contempt of court.” The Ministers are entitled to appeal to the Court of Session “on a point of law only”, Dunion says. It was reported in April 2009 that Greig received a payout of £13,500 from the criminal injuries compensation authority, and was described by Detective Inspector Iain Allen of Grampian Police as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim.”

Two Grampian Police Officers interviewed Greig in September 2009. No charges have been brought against anyone in connection with sexual abuse. The Greig family’s lay legal representative Robert Green is scheduled to appear in Stonehaven Sheriff Court on breach of the peace charges following his attempt to contest the Aberdeen South constituency Westminster election. Green’s MP David Mowat questioned the “unusual action” of Grampian Police in arresting Green and raiding his home address.

HOLLIE GREIG CASE: MAN BANNED FROM ABERDEEN AREA IS TO STAND AS AN MSP
robert greenMan banned from area to stand as MSP

CANDIDATE TO CONTEST ABERDEEN SEAT DESPITE ORDER STOPPING HIM ENTERING CITY AND SHIRE A man who is banished from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will stand as a candidate for the city in the Scottish elections. Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers member Robert Green will fight to become MSP for Aberdeen Central in May – despite a court order prohibiting him from entering the city.

Green, 64, campaigns on behalf of the mother of Hollie Greig, 30, a woman with Down’s syndrome who claims she was sexually assaulted by a paedophile ring in Aberdeen. But two police investigations have found no evidence to support the claims.

In last year’s general election Green stood for the Aberdeen South constituency, polling 138 votes as Anne Begg held the seat for Labour. Green, of 4 Birchdale Road, Warrington, Cheshire, appeared at Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterdaywhere his hopes to become an Aberdeen MSP were revealed. He appeared in court accused of conducting a “campaign of harassment” against a group of individuals who, he claims, were involved with the ring and were complicit in murder.

He is alleged to have sent out letters, leaflets, e-mails, made telephone calls and placed adverts on the internet and in newspapers and been involved in radio broadcasts and internet discussions, stating that nearly 20 people were involved – including a serving Scottish sheriff and a senior Grampian Police officer, who is now dead. Green is also accused of alleging that evidence and an inquiry have been suppressed. The charge alleges this has caused alarm and upset those named by Green. The offences are alleged to have taken place between June 1, 2009, and December 7, 2010, in the Ferryhill, Bridge of Don, Bieldside and Woodside areas of Aberdeen as well as in Edinburgh and Warrington. He also faces four breach of bail charges.

He appeared at Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterday for the latest hearing regarding the charges. After the hearing, Sheriff Patrick Davies released Green on bail with conditions attached. He is not allowed to have contact with any witnesses in the case or allowed to discuss the allegations he has made about the alleged paedophile ring. A third condition bars him from entering the city or shire. Representing Green, solicitor advocate Gerald Sweeney said: “To exclude anyone from any part of the UK in case they do anything unlawful goes against everything this court should stand for. His intention is to stand for election as an MSP (in Aberdeen).” He argued that his client has no criminal record, had attended all court dates and should be freed without bail. He described the special conditions of bail as “using a jackhammer to crack a nut”.

HOLLIE GREIG: LATEST ON ROBERT GREEN ARREST
Robert Green appeared in Stonehaven Court today.

Robert was arrested in Aberdeen in February 2010 as he attempted to distribute leaflets relating to allegations that Downs Syndrome girl Hollie Greig had been the victim of a paedophile gang. In April 2010 he was charged with an alleged breach of his bail conditions. Today’s hearing was a “Reduction to Summary” case, which to the best of my knowledge means that the Procurator Fiscal wishes to change Robert’s trial from “Solemn” (decided by a jury) to “Summary” (decided by a Sheriff). The hearing was heard in open court although the Fiscal did not explain why she sought this change in status.

Technically the two outstanding charges against have been dropped and a “de novo” case has been started which consolidates these charges and various others. There are now a total of 5 charges altogether. The first charge is basically an extension of the original Breach of the Peace charge and claims that between 1 June 2009 and 7 December 2010 at various locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and elsewhere, Robert conducted a public campaign of harassment against named persons placing them in a state of fear and alarm for their safety and causing the apprehension of serious public disturbance in Aberdeen and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The second and third charges relate to alleged breaches of bail conditions.

The fourth and fifth charges relate to emails sent which were allegedly grossly offensive or of an indecent,obscene or menacing character. The bulk of the hearing related to a debate on bail conditions. Robert’s solicitor, Gerry Sweeney made the point that as this was a “de novo” case the previous bail conditions had lapsed and argued that as the case was being reduced to summary there was no automatic requirement for bail conditions to be applied and argued that as Robert had no criminal record and that he attended todays hearing, at which was cited to appear rather than appearing from custody, then no bail conditions should be applied.

The Fiscal argued that bail conditions identical to those in the previous charges should be applied. She stated that these bail conditions were “for the protection of those impacted by Mr Green’s activities”. I did not follow the logic of this arguement as my understanding is that Breach of the Peace “is designed to protect the community at large, not guard against an affront to individuals based on their own character.” The Fiscal stated that the bail conditions she was seeking were “in the public interest” although she did not provide any details of how the interest of the general public would be served. In respect of the bail conditions which require Robert to sign in at Warrington Police Station twice per week she argued that these were necessary to prevent him “sloping off to Aberdeen”. Mr Sweeney responded by stating that the bail conditions were totally disproportionate for a summary charge of breach of the peace and likened them to using not just a sledgehammer but a jackhammer to crack a nut. He expressed his dismay and outrage at the language used by the Crown and his view that what was being proposed was fundamentally undemocratic and in breach of Robert’s human rights.

In respect of the Crown proposals that Robert should be prevented from both talking about the case and continuing to campaign on the wider Hollie Greig affair , Mr Sweeney used the analogy of a notional person accused of assault who would be prevented from explaining while he was on bail that he had acted in self-defence and would also be prevented from acted in self-defence if he was attacked again while on bail. The decision of Sheriff Davies was that in addition to standard bail conditions Robert would also be subject to 3 special conditions:

1) That he does not approach or contact various named persons
2) That he does not advance or communicate, or cause to be advanced or communicated, allegations similar to those alleged in in the charges
3) That he does not enter Aberdeen City or Aberdeenshire

The unanimous opinion of the members of the public in attendance was that we were all surprised at this decision as it appeared that the arguements put forward by the Defence were much stronger than those put forward by the Crown. An intermediate diet was set for 13th April and a trial diet set for 6th June. The trial is anticipated to last for 5 days although as it is now a “de novo” case, Robert will have to re-apply for Legal Aid etc which will almost certainly result in a delay.

HOLLIE GREIG: ROBERT GREEN COURT APPEARANCE WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 2011
I will be attending Stonehaven Sheriff Court at 10.00am on Wednesday 26th January for the Intermediate Diet for my case. This is simply an administrative procedure where I will be asked to re-affirm my plea of Not Guilty and no evidence will be heard. No date has been set for the trial diet. I hope to be in a position to supply more details very soon.
HOLLIE GREIG: ROBERT GREEN ADVERT ABERDEEN PRESS AND JOURNAL
ROBERT GREEN ADVERT PRESS AND JOURNAL
HOLLIE GREIG: MP ASKS GRAMPIAN COPS TO EXPLAIN RAID ON ROBERT GREEN’S HOME
robert greenMP asks Grampian Police Chief to explain “unusual action” in connection with house raid of prospective candidate

The MP of Robert Green, who has campaigned as a prospective Parliamentary candidate in Aberdeen, has written to the Chief Constable of Grampian Police asking for an explanation for the “unusual action” of raiding Green’s home whilst he was detained on the campaign trail. Green represents the mother of Hollie Greig, a 30-year-old woman with Down’s syndrome who says she was sexually assaulted by a sheriff and a senior Grampian Police officer, who is now dead. David Mowat is MP for Warrington South, Mr Green’s constituency.

“On 13th of February, whilst Mr Robert Green was being held in custody by your officers in Aberdeen, Grampian Police raided Mr Green’s home in Warrington alongside two police officers from the Cheshire Constabulary: an unusual action considering that Mr Green was only being held on a Breach of the Peace charge,“ the letter from Mowat to Grampain Chief Constable Colin McKerrachar says. “When Mr Green enquired with Warrington Magistrates to see if they had a copy of the warrant, they did not have one. The Cheshire Police also did not have a copy of the warrant. When Cheshire Police contacted Detective Serjeant Brian Geddes, who led the raid, they were given an assurance that a copy would be posted to Mr Green without delay. This copy has still not arrived.”

The letter states that Owen Paterson MP spoke to a Grampian Police to express his concern that many of the documents seized during that raid were personal documents belonging to a constituent of his and relating to a possible legal action against Grampian Police.

“[She] informed him that the warrant had been arranged by a “PC Greades”. Further investigations have shown that “PC Greades” was in fact PC Vreades, but PC Vreades denies any knowledge of such a document and claims that as he has only been a Constable for four years, he would not have had the authority to issue such a document anyway,” the letter says. “I am willing to accept that there may be a perfectly innocent explanation for what has occurred, however given my constituent’s past dealings with your force I believe it is vital that there is no suggestion that Grampian Police are acting in any way improperly. To that end I would be grateful if you could give me, in writing, an explanation of your version of events, including addressing why Grampian Police thought it necessary to raid a property in connection with a relatively minor offence and which officer submitted the warrant for the raid. It would be helpful if you could also provide copies of the warrant to both myself and to Mr Green.”

MANCHESTER RADIO INTERVIEWS IN HOLLIE GREIG CASE MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEAR
tony legendTony Legend who has been interviewing various parties on the Hollie Greig abuse case has been using podcasts to publish those interviews across the internet. We have sent them out, through our contact network and websites, for all those interested in this sinister case. However these interviews have been pulled and are no longer available anywhere across the internet.

Our own submissions helping expose the Scottish legal mafia and masonic cop mafia in Aberdeen have not appeared on the usual podcasts Tony set up. We just wonder how deep that rabbit hole goes when these VERY IMPORTANT recordings mysteriously disappear?

HOLLIE GREIG CAMPAIGNER BANNED FROM ABERDEEN SEAT HE IS STANDING AS MP FOR
robert greenGeneral Election 2010: Wannabe MP who’s banned from Scottish seat he wants to represent

HE is banned from visiting Aberdeen but he wants to represent the city as an MP. Robert Green has made what he believes to be legal history by becoming the first person to stand for election in a constituency he is prohibited from entering.

The 64-year-old was yesterday officially registered as a candidate for Aberdeen South, having convinced ten locals to sign his nomination papers. A self-styled “investigator” and campaigner, Mr Green is banned from the city under bail conditions imposed after he was charged with a breach of the peace earlier this year. He had been about to name some of the most influential men in the north-east of Scotland as paedophiles. Mr Green is standing as a candidate for Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers, a campaign group, and is acting as his own election agent.

“I understand that my candidacy has set legal precedent,” Mr Green told The Scotsman yesterday. “I think the fact that I have finally – and against all odds – become a candidate is a minor victory for democracy.” Mr Green, based in Warrington, has several problems, however. Apart from being barred from the constituency, he is also understood to be prohibited by bail conditions from repeating allegations he has made on the internet against a number of prominent individuals in the north-east. Moreover, an Aberdeen sheriff has successfully secured an interdict preventing Mr Green from repeating allegations against him. Mr Green, as recently as last week, appeared in private at Stonehaven Sheriff Court accused of breaching one of his bail conditions.

He yesterday claimed to have been brought to Scotland in handcuffs and forced to spend a night in police cells. Mr Green describes himself as the “lay legal adviser” of Anne Greig, the mother of a 30-year-old woman named Hollie Greig who has made a series of allegations of rape and abuse against what she calls a paedophile ring in Aberdeen. Police have completed a second investigation into the allegations. However, the Crown Office said earlier this year that there was not enough reliable evidence for a prosecution. The Greigs have been campaigning for a full-scale prosecution since 2000.

Mr Green has been backing them since at least last year. He and the Greigs have since repeated their allegations on several occasions, including in radio interviews broadcast in Spain and the United States. Their campaign claims to have 25,000 supporters online, the so-called “Hollie’s Army”. It is not known how many of them live in Aberdeen South. The Greigs used to live there but now reside in England. Scottish authorities, meanwhile, are understood to be keeping a close watch on a blog associated with Mr Green. The website gives the names and addresses of people Ms Greig has accused of being part of the paedophile ring. It also published the names of other children she claims were abused, and has claimed Mrs Greig’s brother Robert was murdered when he learned of the alleged crimes.

HOLLIE TELLS COPS SHE WAS ABUSED BY SHERIFF
hollie greigGrampian Police have reinterviewed a disabled woman who claims she was abused as a child by an Aberdeen paedo-phile ring which included a senior police officer and a leading Scottish sheriff.

Hollie Greig, 29, who has Down’s Syndrome, claims she was abused for 14 years from the age of six, and has given police the names of some of the men she says assaulted her. Hollie and her mother, Anne, have been campaigning since 2000 when police were first informed of the alleged abuse, for criminal proceedings to be taken against those she says were involved. The abuse is alleged to have taken place in Aberdeen, and Hollie and her mother claim to have made a statement at Bucksburn police station in July 2000 naming a senior police officer, who has since died, and a sheriff who still serves.

The Press and Journal knows the identities of both men but has decided not to make them public at this stage. No charges have ever been brought, although Hollie received £13,500 compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in April this year. It is understood that followed evidence from a Grampian detective inspector who described Hollie as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim”.

Last night, Mrs Greig, 58, said her daughter has had nightmares and suffered panic attacks since she first told her mother about the alleged abuse nine years ago. “We’ve been battling this for a long time now and we are angry with the way things were handled right from the start,” she said. “We were practically forced out of our home in Aberdeen and fled to Shropshire when this whole thing came to light. During these past nine years myself and Hollie have been called liars and had to put up with constant insults but we will continue to fight despite the endless brick walls we hit.”

Mrs Greig said she ordered two psychological reports on Hollie to dismiss claims she had invented the allegations. “Hollie was asked to draw pictures and describe sexual acts to see if there was any signs she might be lying. “Both reports, carried out by two separate doctors, came back saying that 100% she was telling the truth and had been sexually abused.”

Mrs Greig said Hollie’s campaign would continue until justice has been done. “All Hollie wants is justice. She says this has ruined her childhood. She doesn’t trust anyone and I’m the only person she can be around for any length of time.” Mrs Greig said two officers from Grampian Police visited Hollie in September and spent three-and-a-half hours interviewing her at a special facility in Shrewsbury. Hollie and her mother, who moved to Shropshire to escape the alleged abuse, have enlisted a group of high-profile supporters, including, it is understood, singer Annie Lennox, to support their demand for a prosecution.

Mrs Greig claims that two of the alleged abusers moved to Portugal a number of years ago and that she went to her local police station in Shrewsbury to pass on that information when news broke of the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann. Madeleine, who was three at the time, was kidnapped from her family’s holiday apartment at Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in 2006. Police believe she was taken by a paedophile. One of Hollie’s supporters wrote to the Crown Office in Edinburgh earlier this year querying the decision not to prosecute and received a reply from Andrew McIntyre, Head of Victims and Diversity, setting out the criteria for determining whether to bring charges.

His reply suggested that, in Hollie’s case, the decision was based on the lack of independent corroboration. Mr McIntyre gave an assurance that police were continuing to investigate “aspects of the case” and said that the ongoing inquiries prevented him from commenting further. Grampian Police last night confirmed the force was investigating an allegation of historic sex abuse.

A Crown Office spokes-woman said late last night: “We have not received any report from the police. “If we do receive a report it will be carefully considered in due course.”

PAYOUT FOR SEX ABUSE VICTIM YET NO ONE HAS BEEN CHARGED
hollie greigShropshire woman has been awarded criminal injuries compensation after she was sexually abused even though no-one has been charged or brought before the courts over it.

Medical evidence showed that 28-year-old Hollie Greig, who has Downs Syndrome, was a victim of abuse and had undergone a traumatic experience. Hollie and her mother Anne Greig fled from Aberdeen when Anne discovered what had been happening. They came to live in Shropshire eight years ago.

The two have been fighting to bring the man they said caused the abuse to justice but say no charges have ever been brought. They say Hollie had been the victim of a paedophile ring since the age of six, for 14 years, before she moved to Shropshire. Now the two are calling on Grampian police to re-investigate the allegations.

Speaking at her home yesterday, Hollie said she was pleased that her case had been made public. Her 58-year-old mother said the criminal injuries compensation of £13,500 that her daughter had just received from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was a confirmation that people believed her. “It is not the money that is important. It is a way of protecting her in the future against the person or people that abused her,” she said;. “These people are still walking about free to abuse other children.”

“I was accused of putting the allegations into my daughter’s head and was even sectioned and taken to hospital and my daughter taken into care.” A letter written by Detective Inspector Iain Allen from the community protection and investigation team at Grampian Police, to the criminal injuries compensation authority said: “Officers who have dealt with Hollie have taken the view she was a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim.

“She appears to have been distressed by what happened to her. This would have been particularly traumatic for such a vulnerable person.” Grampian Police Chief Inspector Murray Main today said: “Decisions in Scotland on whether or not to prosecute are the responsibility of the Procurator Fiscal. “If any new evidence was to come to light we would re-open the investigation.”

CROWN CHALLENGED OVER PAEDOPHILE RING ACTIVITY INVOLVING SERVING JUDGE
The mother of Hollie Greig, a Downs syndrome girl at the centre of an alleged paedophile abuse ring, has called for an investigation into the role played by Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini almost ten years ago, when Angiolini served as a district Procurator Fiscal. A serving Sheriff who is still in post and a now deceased police officer have been named as part of the girl’s ring of abusers. Anne Greig believes the investigation has been effectively blocked.
ROBERT GREEN RE-ARRESTED IN HOLLIE GREIG SCANDAL
robert greenELECTION CANDIDATE IN BAIL CLAIM
A would-be MP acting as legal adviser to the family of a disabled woman who claims she was abused by a paedophile ring as a child has been accused of breaching a bail condition. Grampian cops travelled to Cheshire to arrest Robert Green on wednesday. The 64 year old made no plea when he appeared in PRIVATE at Stonehaven Sheriff court yesterday.
ROBERT GREEN RE-ARRESTED
robert green arrest
APPLETON MAN’S FIGHT TO GET JUSTICE FOR HOLLIE GREIG
robert greenAN Appleton man is caught up in the centre of a storm concerning the alleged sexual abuse of a girl with Down’s Syndrome by a paedophile ring.

Robert Green, aged 63, is campaigning on behalf of Hollie Greig who claims to have been abused by paedophiles in Aberdeen for 14 years, since the age of six. The case was taken to police when Hollie’s claims first came to light in 2000, but the investigation failed because it lacked ‘credible evidence’ even though, the family claims,Hollie pinpointed her attackers, which included people in positions of trust. Grampian Police have been asked to re-start the investigation on various occasions by Anne Greig, Hollie’s mum.

Mr Green believes that key facts in the case are being covered up as senior figures are implicated in the case. Mr Green was first put in contact with Anne in 2008 by the Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers group which had been advising her on what action could be taken. He then became the Greigs’ legal advisor and is now standing as an independent candidate in the General Election for the Aberdeen South constituency. His election campaign will be solely based on securing justice for the Greigs by ensuring that police investigate the ‘overwhelming’ evidence that Hollie was raped repeatedly since she was a child.

On visiting Aberdeen to continue the campaign last month he was arrested for ‘breach of the peace’, but the charge was backdated to June 9 when he was handing out leaflets. He is currently on bail and unable to return to Aberdeen. Mr Green, from Birchdale Road, who previously ran Mossley Travel agents in Lymm, is convinced this shows that police are attempting to quash the story from being made public because, he claims, a Grampian officer was named in Hollie’s account of her attackers, of which there were allegedly 16 in total. He said: “This has been a terrible cover-up of this shocking case by the Scottish Government. “There is overwhelming evidence that Hollie was raped by a paedophile ring for many years but no-one is prepared to prosecute the people responsible.”

ROBERT GREEN PRESENTS THE COVER UP OF HOLLIE GREIG SCANDAL
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WEDNESDAY 24th MARCH 2010 – DOORS OPEN 7pm – PRESENTATION STARTS 7.30pm
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Reporter Robert Green was arrested in Aberdeen for the crime of seeking justice and an investigation into the case of Down’s Syndrome girl, Hollie Greig, who says she was serially-raped over a decade by an establishment paedophile ring operating in Scotland. Robert is now out on bail and with a gagging order against him in an effort to stop him naming the people that Hollie says were involved. Come and here Robert speak out against the injustices heaped out upon Hollie and her mum Anne at the hands of the Scottish establishment and the complicity of the mainstream media and especially the BBC in conspiring to cover up these atrocious crimes.
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ABERDEEN SHERIFF GETS COURT ORDER TO SILENCE ABUSE CLAIMS
Would-be MP banned from making paedophile allegations

An Aberdeen sheriff has obtained a gagging order against a would-be MP who has accused him of abusing a young, disabled girl. Sheriff Graham Buchanan was forced to resort to legal action after Robert Green continued to spread the allegations against him, despite two separate police investigations finding there was no truth in them. Mr Green, who describes himself as a lay legal adviser, is representing Hollie Greig, who has Down’s syndrome and who alleges that she was systematically abused by a paedophile ring for 14 years from the age of six.

Mr Green has named a number of men and women, including Sheriff Buchanan and a now-deceased former senior policeman, as having taken part in the abuse. The sheriff’s lawyers, Edinburgh-based Simpson and Marwick, have now successfully applied to the Court of Session in Edinburgh for an interim interdict preventing Mr Green from continuing his campaign. The interdict also prevents Mr Green from claiming that the sheriff was involved in the “murder” of Hollie’s uncle, Robert Greig, who died in a car fire in 1997. Grampian Police investigated the sex-abuse claims in 2000 and again late last year and concluded on both occasions that the accusations were baseless.

The day after the interim interdict was granted, Mr Green was arrested as he left a guesthouse in Aberdeen. He appeared at Stonehaven Sheriff Court on February 15, following his arrest, charged with a breach of the peace. He made no plea and was released on bail. The case is expected to call again later this year. Mr Green, 63, claims one of the bail conditions bars him from entering the north-east, which he says will hinder his plans to try to win the Aberdeen South seat at the general election, widely expected to be on May 6. The Court of Session interdict, granted by Lord Emslie, bans Mr Green, of 4 Birchdale Road, Warrington, Cheshire, from communicating false and defamatory statements about the sheriff at Aberdeen Sheriff Court or anywhere else in Scotland.

The false statements are listed in papers as:

That the sheriff was involved in sexually abusing Hollie Greig.

That the sheriff has been involved in covering up the sexual abuse.

That he was involved in the “murder” of Hollie Greig’s uncle, Robert Greig.

The same restrictions apply to anyone acting on Mr Green’s behalf or on his instructions. The interdict also bars Mr Green from harassing the sheriff by making the claims at all. Sheriff Buchanan – who has accused Mr Green of mounting a “campaign of harassment” – declined to comment yesterday. Hollie claims she was abused for 14 years from the age of six and has given police the names of some of the men she says assaulted her. The 30-year-old and her mother, Anne, have been campaigning for criminal proceedings since 2000.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place in Aberdeen, and Hollie and her mother claim to have made a statement at Bucksburn police station in July that year naming those allegedly involved. The family moved to Shropshire and two Grampian Police officers travelled to Shrewsbury in September last year to re-interview Hollie at a special facility. In January, the Crown Office said there was not enough reliable evidence to proceed with the case. Despite no charges ever being brought, Hollie received £13,500 compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in April last year.

It is understood that followed evidence from a Grampian detective inspector, who described Hollie as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim”. Mrs Greig, 58, claims her daughter has experienced nightmares and panic attacks since she first told her about the alleged abuse.

JUSTICE SECRETARY MACASKILL WILL FACE COURT QUESTIONS OVER HOLLIE GREIG CASE
Justice Secretary, Scots law title staff to appear as witnesses in Hollie Greig abuse case as victims prepare to testify for arrested journalist

KENNY MACASKILL, Scotland’s Justice Secretary now faces being called as a witness in the forthcoming trial of journalist & broadcaster Robert Green, who was arrested last week in Aberdeen after attempting to attend a public protest in the centre of the city, concerning the now widely reported campaign of downs syndrome girl Hollie Greig, who has made consistent allegations since 2000 of an abuse ring in Aberdeen, of which she was but one of the victims. Ms Greig’s campaigners contend medical & Police reports support her claims, also pointing out Ms Greig received an as yet unexplained huge payout from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority while no one has yet been charged or prosecuted over the abuse.

Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini’s lawyers have ties to Justice Secretary MacAskill. Sources close to the case, which saw Mr Green arrested last Friday, his home in Cheshire, England, raided by Scottish Police officers, then later being bailed on Monday of this week at Stonehaven Sheriff Court to attend a full hearing at a later date, say Justice Secretary MacAskill will be quizzed on his relationship with the Glasgow law firm Levy McRae, who now appear to be representing several individuals including a Sheriff & Scotland’s top law officer, Lord Elish Angiolini, caught up in the mess. We revealed in earlier reports, Mr MacAskill has long standing ties to Levy McRae, where the Justice Secretary served his apprenticeship as a solicitor, and worked for some time.

Scots law title “The Firm” reported abuse story, sparked global campaign for Hollie. In another surprise move on the case, lawyers & staff from the well known Scots law publication “The Firm”, whose reports on Hollie Greig’s allegations back in November 2009 sparked the now global campaign to ‘secure justice’ for Ms Greig and other abuse victims, are also rumoured to be in line to be cited to give evidence in Mr Green’s pending trial and be questioned over the content of their now censored reports on the case, which were removed after legal threats from lawyers acting on behalf of the Lord Advocate and led to a string of apologies, which we covered in an earlier article HERE.

Robert Green – arrest was sparked after reports from law title which led to eventual arrest. Legal insiders said today it was likely Mr MacAskill would seek to avoid appearing in court, and may use ‘ministerial powers’ to avoid being cross examined by defence agents acting on behalf of the arrested journalist but there would probably be no escape for staff of law title “The Firm”, who are now being identified by many campaigners in the Hollie Greig case as being the publication which started the recent spate of articles, forum comments and online chatter over the abuse claims, said to involve members of the Scottish legal establishment who will now be forced to clear their names in the gaze of full publicity & open court.

One solicitor said late last night : “The Firm have got themselves in a sticky position. I understand its staff will be called as witnesses to be questioned over their reporting of Ms Greig’s claims, printed as far back as 17 November 2009.” He continued : “The material published by the Firm in mid November appears to be the initial reports of recent weeks which led to the Lord Advocate’s personal involvement in the case, the spate of legal threats which saw coverage withdrawn from the Firm’s website, and the interdict gained on behalf of the Sheriff, all clearly resulting in Mr Green’s arrest and the current Grampian Police investigation. It is only proper the publication’s staff are called to account for their reporting which has now led to Mr Green’s current situation.” This morning several additional campaigners associated with the Hollie Greig case, including website owners, pressure groups and online media outlets vowed to follow the same course of defence, if quizzed on their reporting of Ms Greig’s case. A source from a media organisation reporting on the case confirmed they too would be citing staff from “The Firm” to attend if any legal proceedings were instituted by the Lord Advocate.

It also can be revealed today “The Firm” ‘were intimidated’ by the Crown Office over a report they published, claiming a Police investigation took place of a Sheriff in connection with evidence on the Lockerbie case after correspondence was submitted to Lothian & Borders Police by the SNP’s Christine Grahame. Lord Angiolini went onto praise the Sheriff said to be under investigation, and then disputed the events as reported by “The Firm” (better grab the info in those links while you all can – Ed)

Anne & Hollie Greig to support arrested journalist’s defence. It has also emerged that Hollie Greig herself, and her mother Anne, will support a defence of charges against Mr Green, support which could lead to damaging testimony in open court by Hollie and her mother, which may raise many questions as to why there have been no prosecutions in this long running case. Grampian Police and the Crown Office are now known to have been informed of allegations by Ms Greig of abuse dating back an amazing 10 years and recently the Crown Office issued varying statements as to why no one had been charged. Commentators on the case say the appearance of Ms Greig and her mother in court as witnesses, either in person or by video link from England, will prove an uncomfortable time for those who stand accused of the abuse, and may finally spark action on the Ms Greig’s allegations of serial abuse. There are now growing calls for Grampian Police to interview the Lord Advocate, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, and staff from ‘The Firm’ over issues connected with the Mr Green’s arrest and the ongoing Grampian Police investigation. (so, a hot time for Scotland’s legal celebs in the spotlight, lets clear calendars ? – Ed)

LEGAL ADVISOR TO HOLLIE GREIG FAMILY APPEARS IN COURT
HOLLIE GREIGLATEST REPORT FROM STONEHAVEN 10.30am today 16 February 2010

A STAR CHAMBER DECISION ON BREACH OF THE PEACE CHARGE AND JUDGES DECIDING TO PROTECT JUDGES FROM EXPOSURE OF THEIR POSSIBLE CRIMINALITY. NO JURY AND NO PUBLIC ALLOWED, SCOTLANDS JUDICIARY AT ITS VERY WORST.

Robert Green accused of breach of the peace

THE legal adviser to the family of a disabled woman who claims she was abused by a paedophile ring as a child has appeared in court charged with breach of the peace. Robert Green, 63, appeared from custody at Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterday accused of an offence spanning eight months. The political hopeful represents the mother of Hollie Greig, a 30-year-old woman with Down’s Syndrome. Hollie claims she was sexually assaulted by a Scottish sheriff, who is still serving, and a senior Grampian Police officer who is now dead. Green is alleged to have committed a breach of the peace between June 9, 2009, and February 12 this year in the Ferryhill, Bridge of Don, Bieldside and Woodside areas of Aberdeen. A handful of Green’s supporters gathered at the court for yesterday’s hearing, while a few more arrived at Aberdeen Sheriff Court expecting him to appear there.

Green, of 4 Birchdale Road, Warrington, Cheshire, appeared in private on petition before Sheriff James Hendry. He made no plea and was released on bail.

He was represented during the brief hearing by Stonehaven solicitor Denis Daun. Green was arrested on Friday as he made his way to the centre of Aberdeen to hand out leaflets.

He is understood to have been heading for Union Street to tell people about Hollie’s case and his plans to contest the Aberdeen South parliamentary seat as an independent candidate. Green had been staying at a bed and breakfast in King Street. The B&B was searched by police following the arrest.

Hollie claims she was abused for 14 years from the age of six and has given the police the names of some of the men she alleges assaulted her. campaign The 30-year-old and her mother, Anne, have been campaigning for criminal proceedings since 2000.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place in Aberdeen, and Hollie and her mother claim to have made a statement at Bucksburn police station in July that year naming those involved. The family moved to Shropshire and two Grampian Police officers travelled to Shrewsbury in September last year to re-interview Hollie at a special facility. Last month, the Crown Office said there was not enough reliable evidence to proceed with the case.

ARREST OF HOLLIE GREIG INVESTIGATOR IN ABERDEEN
robert greenRobert has been released on bail and silenced and NOT to speak to anyone particularly the press on any matter connected with his protests

Our group are standing by at Stonehaven reporting that a SPECIAL cop unit has been drafted in as they have been expecting trouble? from Robert’s friends and supporters. Unmarked cop cars have been watching the roads to Stonehaven from Aberdeen where the hearing should have taken place. Robert had a 15 minute hearing IN CAMERA at Stonehaven which means “NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC”. He has been released on BAIL and we are waiting to talk to him about his experience locked up over the weekend even before he got to the area of Aberdeen he was going to be protesting at.
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Robert Green’s son went to his fathers house on Thursday night and he found a (letter or a writ) , it had been put through the letter box. He did not pay much attention to it, but left it on the table in the house.

Mr Green’s daughter was advised to get her brother who lives in the area to go round and check the house, as the Police may have raided the house, the son went round and found that the (letter or writ) that he left on the table had gone, and the hard drive of his computer had gone, and it appeared that some things had been moved about, but the house had not been broken into. (They obviously used his keys to get into his house) they either sent a copy of them down from Aberdeen to the local Police to go into the house, or some of the Police in Aberdeen drove down with his keys and searched the house. Have they had a warrant or did Mr Green give them permission to search his house?.

We do not know, the daughter was advised to tell her brother not to leave the house, also to tell her brother to get a friend to come round to the house and then call the Police to report someone had been in the house and taken the (letter or writ) , and that the hard drive from the computer had gone, and that things had been moved around.

The brother does not want anyone else involved in the matter, so he is going to stay in the house until Mr Green’s daughter comes up from London today, and they will call the Police so that they have witnesses to what they say to the Police. The son was advised not to leave the house, as the Police or MI5 may have taken the hard drive away and may have put something nasty on it, then put it back in the house, then raid the house next day and take the computer hard drive. The house may now have a BUG planted in it, so they will already know what is going on. If they had no warrant, and no permission from Mr Green to enter his house, then this is an illegal search. But we do not know if Mr Green has given his permission for the search.

STURGEON LIED …OFFICIAL

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FIRST INTERESTS: Judge recommended for judicial role by Nicola Sturgeon – found First Minister committed three counts of professional misconduct – in Law Society probe of Ms Sturgeon’s failure to provide legal service protections for domestic violence victim

First Minister recommended judge role for lawyer who found her guilty of misconduct. AN INVESTIGATION has established Scotland’s First Minister – Nicola Sturgeon – was found to have committed THREE counts of professional misconduct by a solicitor she later recommended for the position of a Sheriff within Scotland’s powerful judiciary – currently led by Lord President – Lord Carloway.

The findings of professional misconduct by Sheriff Pasportnikov against the First Minister – were the result of a complaint lodged by a client to the law firm where Nicola Sturgeon worked at the time – Bell & Craig solicitors.

The complaint against Nicola Sturgeon involved the currently serving First Minister’s failure to provide adequate legal services to a victim of domestic violence.

And, the issues in relation to Ms Sturgeon’s failure to provide adequate legal services only came to light after Ms Sturgeon suddenly left the law firm and the client was forced to go to another solicitor – who discovered legal aid forms had not been sent to the Scottish Legal Aid Board – despite assurances the legal aid application had been submitted.

In response to the complaint – the Law Society of Scotland appointed one of their case managers – a solicitor and now Sheriff – Olga Pasportnikov – to investigate.

In a five-page report, dated Dec 1998, Olga Passportnikov said: “The complaint in this case has been identified as professional misconduct by breach of code of conduct and conduct unbecoming a solicitor.”

Pasportnikov identified 3 counts ‘of professional misconduct by breach of code of conduct and conduct unbecoming a solicitor’.

They were: failing to raise interdict, misleading client about legal aid application & failing to properly consider her financial circumstances

Among ‘circumstances which have been ascertained during the course of the enquiry’ were the legal aid form had been completed and signed by the client and the client’s employers but not sent.

Despite the findings of Sheriff Pasportnikov, and her identification of multiple serious issues where she concluded Ms Sturgeon’s failure to provide competent legal services qualified as professional misconduct – the Law Society of Scotland concluded there should be no further action and Nicola Sturgeon left the legal profession.

Announced on 31 July 2015 – Olga Pasportnikov was appointed by the Queen following a report to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Ms Pasportnikov, a University of Dundee graduate, was admitted as a solicitor in 1991. She worked mainly in private practice before joining the Law Society of Scotland in 1998. She has been with the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service since 2003, and is also current convener of the Fife Young Carers Management Committee.

The First Minister has statutory responsibility for making recommendations to Her Majesty the Queen and is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making her recommendation.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland is an ‘independent’ advisory public body with the role of recommending individuals for appointment to judicial offices within the Board’s remit including judge of the Court of Session, chair of the Scottish Land Court, sheriff principal, sheriff, and summary sheriff.

It has now transpired this story was filed with a Scottish newspaper in June 2018.

The report on Nicola Sturgeon’s failure to provide adequate legal services to a victim of domestic violence, and the findings of professional misconduct against Ms Sturgeon by currently serving Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov had support from one editor to be published – until an assistant editor at the same newspaper voted the story down.

Some weeks later, the same newspaper was leaked details of the harassment complaints against Alex Salmond and the investigation by PoliceScotland which subsequently led to Mr Salmond being charged with 14 offences, including two counts of attempted rape, nine of sexual assault, two of indecent assault, and one of breach of the peace.

Mr Salmond appeared in court on 21 November 2019 and entered a plea of “not guilty”.

At the subsequent trial, Mr Salmond was cleared by a jury trial – heard by Scotland’s Lord Justice Clerk – Lady Dorrian.

The information came to light after Justice Committee Convener Adam Tomkins (Scottish Conservative) & former Scottish Government Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing (Scottish National Party) made a motivated and concerted effort to close down the same Judicial Interests Register petition which Nicola Sturgeon has opposed and sought to close – throughout her term as First Minister.

The Justice Committee hearing of 2 March 2021 can be viewed here: Register of Judges Interests Petition PE 1458 Scottish Parliament Justice Committee 2 March 2021

This is the same Judicial Interests Register petition the First Minister has tried to undermine and block since Ms Sturgeon became First Minister.

If a Register of Judges’ Interests did become a requirement – Sheriff Pasportnikov who found Nicola Sturgeon guilty of professional misconduct may be forced to list that fact and other details of her service to the Law Society of Scotland.

The Judicial Office have not replied to requests for media comment.

The Judicial Office for Scotland were asked the following questions:

A currently serving Sheriff – Olga Pasportnikov – conducted an investigation of complaints lodged about Scotland’s current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon while she was a solicitor at a law firm identified as Bell & Craig

Ms Pasportnikov was, as the Judicial Office will be aware – a case manager for the Law Society of Scotland from September 1998 to March 2003

In a five-page report released in December 1998, Olga Pasportnikov said: “The complaint in this case has been identified as professional misconduct by breach of code of conduct and conduct unbecoming a solicitor.”

Olga Pasportnikov found Ms Sturgeon guilty of 3 identifyable counts of professional misconduct:

They were: failing to raise interdict as instructed, misleading client about legal aid application, failing to properly consider the client’s financial circumstances

Events then saw the Law Society clear Ms Sturgeon, who quickly left the legal profession.

Noting Ms Pasportnikov currently declares her time at the Law Society of Scotland on her Linkedin page as a “case manager” – along with other career attributes including a term at the Crown Office as a Procurator Fiscal Depute, and her current role as a serving Sheriff

– does Sheriff Pasportnikov have any comment onthe following questions:

why she does not list her role of investigating complaints against solicitors?

why she found Ms Sturgeon guilty of 3 identifyable issues of professional misconduct?

why no regulatory punishment took place upon Sheriff Pasportnikov’s findings?

Does the Judicial Office have any comment on the above events and any comment on the impact of a currently serving Sheriff with a long history as a solicitor, prosecutor and now a judge – having found Scotland’s current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon guilty of three counts of professional misconduct to which no sanction was ever applied by legal regulators and never declared in any register of interests?

It has been previously reported Nicola Sturgeon personally intervened to block the Judicial Register petition – during a long running investigation by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee

The surprise intervention by the First Minister in the bid to bring transparency to Scotland’s secretive judges came to light after a failed attempt by her then Legal Affairs Minister – Paul Wheelhouse – to overturn the petition with claims that ‘gangsters’ could misuse information in a judges register.

In the letter – dated 30 March 2015 – Nicola Sturgeon also revealed Legal Affairs Minister Paul Wheelhouse had a secret meeting in February 2015 with Lord Gill to discuss the petition and the Judiciary & Scottish Government’s concerted opposition to creating the Judicial Register.

Writing in the letter to John Pentland MSP, Convener of the Public Petitions Committee, the First Minister said: “This petition calls on the Scottish Government to create a Register of Interests for the Judiciary. The Scottish Government considers that such a register of judicial interests is not necessary and that the existing safeguards – the Judicial Oath, the Statement of Principles of Judicial Ethics and the system for complaints against the judiciary – are sufficient. These safeguards, together with the register of judicial recusals, are sufficient to protect individuals from judicial bias.”

Further to the evidence that the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Mr Wheelhouse, gave to the Committee on 9 December 2014, he discussed this petition when he met the Lord President in February. The Minister acknowledged the Lord President’s concerns about the introduction of a register of judicial interests. The breadth of such a register would make it virtually unworkable. It would need to cover not only financial interests, but also memberships of groups and associations and familial and social relationships. Even so, such a register might not capture relevant issues that could arise.”

“The position of the judiciary is different from that of MSPs and others who hold public office. The judiciary cannot publicly defend themselves. The Lord President has cautioned that such a register could also have unintended consequences. Consideration requires to be given to judges’ privacy and freedom from harassment by aggressive media or hostile individuals, including dissatisfied litigants. In addition, there is currently no evidence that judges who should have recused themselves from cases have not done so.”

The Sunday Herald newspaper reported on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s intervention on behalf of the judiciary and her opposition to the judicial transparency proposal:

First Minister rejects call for register of judges’ interests

Paul Hutcheon Investigations Editor Sunday 10 May 2015

NICOLA Sturgeon has rejected calls for judges to declare details of their finances in a register of interest. The First Minister said the proposal, lodged by justice campaigner Peter Cherbi, was “not necessary” and claimed existing rules were “sufficient”.

Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee is in the middle of a long-term probe into whether judges, sheriffs and justices of the peace should be brought into line with other senior public sector figures.
MSPs, MPs, councillors and board members of public bodies are all required to register their outside financial interests.

A petition lodged with the Scottish Parliament in 2012 called for members of the judiciary to declare their “pecuniary” interests, which would include shareholdings, directorships and membership of external bodies.

Judicial officer holders can recuse – or remove – themselves if a conflict of interest arises during a case, but nothing more is required.

The plan was met with hostility by the country’s top judge, Lord Gill, who repeatedly snubbed calls by the committee to give oral evidence. He relied on written testimony to blast a proposal he said could compromise judges’ privacy by encouraging “aggressive media or hostile individuals”.

Lord Gill concluded: “The establishment of such a register therefore may have the unintended consequence of eroding public confidence in the judiciary.”
The issue has now reached the desk of the First Minister, who has backed Lord Gill.

In a letter to John Pentland MSP, the Committee convener, she supported the status quo: “The Scottish Government considers that such a register of judicial interests is not necessary and that the existing safeguards – the Judicial Oath, the Statement of Principles of Judicial Ethics and the system for complaints against the judiciary – are sufficient.

“These safeguards, together with the register of judicial recusals, are sufficient to protect individuals from judicial bias.”

She also repeated Lord Gill’s fear about “aggressive media” and noted: “The position of the judiciary is different from that of MSPs and others who hold public office. The judiciary cannot publicly defend themselves.”

The First Minister also revealed that Paul Wheelhouse, her Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, met Lord Gill in December to discuss the petition.

In his evidence to the Committee, Wheelhouse said he feared a register could leave judges open to “threats or intimidation”, adding that colleagues at an environment quango had already been threatened by organised criminals. However, emails between the Government and Scottish Environment Protection Agency revealed no link to organised crime.

Cherbi said: “I am surprised Nicola Sturgeon supports a judicial ban on transparency just because judges have been asked to declare their substantial interests. “We are always told if you have got nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. What are the judges hiding and what do they fear? “There cannot be one set of rules for judges and another for everyone else. A register of interests will enhance public trust in the justice system, not detract from it.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government considers that a specific register of interests is not needed. Existing safeguards, including the Judicial Oath, the Statement of Principles of Judicial Interests and the system of complaints against the judiciary, are sufficient to ensure the impartiality of the judiciary in Scotland.”

Previous articles on the lack of transparency within Scotland’s judiciary, investigations by Diary of Injustice including reports from the media, and video footage of debates at the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee can be found here :A Register of Interests for Scotland’s Judiciary

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00:00 – 00:03SO Nicola big Alex s trial has just finished
00:04 – 00:05Peters plan to stop Alex
00:05 – 00:07has failed, the cunt walked..
00:08 – 00:12He is walking out the court now and will expose you and your beard
00:12 – 00:15and he has decided to release the Rev Campbell
00:17 – 00:19Campbell ffs
00:19 – 00:21thats the nuclear option he wont do that
00:24 – 00:26 PAAAARP wet fart…emmm
00:27 – 00:28Rev Stu is already blogging
00:31 – 00:33along with the belly dancer Murray
00:34 – 00:36that you and Murrell are to blame
00:53 – 00:58Murrell Swinney Evans stay here the rest of you pricks fuck off
01:13 – 01:15Ya bunch of stupid cunts
01:15 – 01:17It will be easy set up the old drunk twat you said
01:18 – 01:23lets keep this stum till we need it you said
01:25 – 01:28and now THIS for fucks sake
01:29 – 01:31even that cunt Goodley could have done better
01:31 – 01:34two slap heads and a mental bitch
01:34 – 01:37EVEN THE BBC AND STV CANT IGNORE THIS
01:37 – 01:40I cannie even blame Westminster for this fuck up
01:40 – 01:42of course we can our followers are sheep
01:42 – 01:46CAN WE FUCK even sheep know when then they are being fucked
01:46 – 01:48they are total clowns surely they will still believe
01:48 – 01:52Believe fuck all! The Rev Stu is ONE of us!
01:53 – 01:54THE GIG IS UP YA PRICKS
01:56 – 01:57the gravy train just hit the buffers
01:57 – 02:00and you useless fucks are going to have to get real JOBS
02:00 – 02:03we will be as employable as Mcgarry ffs
02:04 – 02:08every day I am on the BBC flicking snotters
02:08 – 02:13talking shite just to keep the sheep believing
02:14 – 02:16I even have to listen tae that fucking dentist
02:17 – 02:21and fucking Freedman on the COVID feart report
02:27 – 02:29then you pricks cant fucking frame one
02:30 – 02:34old fat drunk former FM!
02:34 – 02:36Have I got to dae everyfucking thing
02:41 – 02:42I even pretend
02:43 – 02:47 I read all those books to look pure dead clever
02:48 – 02:53Jesus christ Peter I thought you were smart
02:54 – 02:56but you are like humpty fucking dumpty
02:56 – 02:59your no even any good as a beard
03:00 – 03:02and fucking Swinny ..cunts like Pike
03:04 – 03:07Its a twat off of dads army
03:14 – 03:16well you have royally fucked me
03:19 – 03:23no EU commision for me
03:25 – 03:26Nae appearance on Lorraine
03:31 – 03:33Im going to have to pretend
03:40 – 03:46I am gay and living wie some French Bird
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Leslie Evans and the Salmond Affair

Robert Green
Sunday, 7th February 2021

My friend, the late Robert Green, wrote to me on 16 November 2018. It was one of the last communications I received from him, as shortly thereafter the illness that led to his death took hold.

His letter, like so much of his writing, was ahead of its time. It looked at the conduct of those who are only now are being examined by the mainstream media and the Holyrood parliament: Alex Salmond and Leslie Evans, the Head of the Scottish Civil Service.

In addition to raising questions over the conduct of Leslie Evans, questions still unanswered to this day, and to commenting, very wisely as it would turn out, on the allegations then facing Alex Salmond, Robert raised a further and most important issue. This was the conduct of the former Lord Advocate (chief law officer of the Scottish Government), Dame Elish Angiolini.

Dame Elish has recently provided a report entitled “Policing — complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues: an independent review.” Based on her work, the Scottish Government, and the present Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, have announced “bold reform“.

From the grave, Robert Green asks us to examine whether we can trust any of those involved in this “boldness”. His words highlight the depths of corruption in the Scottish state and the lack of any means for redress for the Scottish people. This letter, now posthumously published in full, highlights the pressing need for transparency and openness in Scottish public life.

Had the authorities in Scotland listened to Robert in 2010, how much pain could have been avoided? Will those in power listen to him this time? We will see.

 

David Scott

 

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Since the news of sexual allegations made against Alex Salmond broke in late August [2018], intermittent speculation about this issue has been published from time to time.

When the matter first emerged, I was contacted by a wide range of individuals, asking if the allegations could have had any link with the former First Minister’s connection with the Hollie Greig case.

My answer has always been that although I know nothing of either the complainants or the exact nature of their complaints, there is nothing that has been suggested that would lead me to suspect that any connection at all might exist.

Of course, those who have followed Hollie’s case over the years would understand that I am unlikely to be well-disposed towards Mr Salmond. However, such feelings do not preclude me from raising concern about one aspect of the way Mr Salmond has been treated over this recent issue.

Of course, I have absolutely no knowledge about the basis for the complaints and, like almost everyone else, cannot possibly make any presumptions about Mr Salmond or the ladies concerned. What does bother me is the role of the Permanent Secretary, Ms Leslie Evans, in this case.

When the news first came into the public domain, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went to considerable lengths to clarify that she had nothing to do with the decision to pursue the investigation [of Alex Salmond] and that it had been independently initiated by Leslie Evans. It may be that Ms Evans had justifiable reason to take the steps she did, but such steps are surely inconsistent when compared with her evasions over what appears to be overwhelming evidence of probable criminal behaviour on the part of Elish Angiolini, former Lord Advocate and ministerial colleague of Mr Salmond.

In October 2015, I raised concerns to Audit Scotland over the funding of Mrs Angiolini’s civil action against me, an action she took when fundamentally accusing me of wrongly stating that she was implicated in the Hollie Greig case. I already had evidence to indicate that my position was the correct one, in fact, including a letter copied to my MP, Health Minister David Mowat, by former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill that clearly stated that it was indeed Elish Angiolini who had personally blocked the investigation into Hollie’s rape allegations, contrary to everything Ms Angiolini had previously asserted.

After a five-month investigation, Audit Scotland revealed that Mrs Angiolini had, as I suspected, been granted UK taxpayers’ funds in order to pursue me in a matter that may lead to her own financial enrichment. The said funding had been authorised by Leslie Evans’ immediate predecessor, Sir Peter Housden. The only possible way that Ms Angiolini could have persuaded Sir Peter to grant such funding to her was to convince him that she was telling the truth in that she was not involved in the Hollie Greig case, a position we now know to be utterly untrue.

Subsequently, in order to process this matter further, I asked Leslie Evans to provide copies of the correspondence between Elish Angiolini and Sir Peter that had led to his authorisation.

Leslie Evans refused to comply.

My [then] MP, David Mowat, took up my case, as it involved the very probable misuse of UK public funds (the matter is not devolved) and likely fraud.

Again, Leslie Evans refused to comply.

Mr Mowat was succeeded after the 2017 General Election by Labour’s Mr Faisal Rashid. For the same reason as Mr Mowat, Mr Rashid also approached Ms Evans for copies of the relevant correspondence.

Once more, Leslie Evans refused to comply.

When the action was taken to investigate the allegations made against Mr Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon also emphasised how it demonstrated that no-one in Scotland was above the law.

Why then, is a former First Minister being pursued on the opinion of Leslie Evans, over sexual allegations made from some years ago, but a former Lord Advocate, against whom there is overwhelming documentary evidence of grave financial misconduct, most probably of a criminal nature, and having been supplied by the Scottish Government itself, being actively protected by the very same individual — Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans?

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