IT TOOK THE SNP EIGHT MONTHS TO CONTACT THE POLICE AFTER SALMOND ALLEGATIONS WERE FIRST MADE

IT TOOK THE SNP EIGHT MONTHS TO CONTACT THE POLICE AFTER SALMOND ALLEGATIONS WERE FIRST MADE

28 August 2018
By Rachel Wat­son and Gra­ham Grant

Legal ex­perts sounded a warn­ing over the Alex Sal­mond sex­ual mis­con­duct claims after it emerged po­lice were only told about the al­le­ga­tions eight months after they were made.

They fear any po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion could be ‘com­pro­mised’ be­cause of the amount of time taken be­fore de­tec­tives were alerted.

The Scot­tish Daily Mail yes­ter­day learned that Po­lice Scot­land first be­came aware of the se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions fac­ing the for­mer first min­is­ter last Tues­day – eight months after the ini­tial com­plaints were made.

A for­mer top po­lice of­fi­cer and se­nior lawyers have claimed the de­ci­sion to not share in­for­ma­tion with po­lice while con­duct­ing their own in­quiry could mean the Gov­ern­ment’s probe has a ‘dis­tort­ing ef­fect’ on any crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings.

It emerged last Thurs­day that the for­mer SNP leader was fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct made by two staff when he was first min­is­ter in 2013.

The Daily Record re­ported it had seen a de­tailed com­plaint about how a fe­male

Aide found her­self alone with Mr Sal­mond after an of­fi­cial event.

He is al­leged to have told the woman to go into his room and then get into bed. It is claimed he lay on top of her and kissed and touched her breasts and bot­tom, through her clothes. He stopped after she asked him to, the re­ports al­lege.

Po­lice Scot­land has con­firmed it is ‘as­sess­ing’ the claims.

Mr Sal­mond has launched a ju­di­cial re­view in the Court of Ses­sion be­cause he does not ac­cept the le­gal­ity of the Gov­ern­ment’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion process. In other de­vel­op­ments yes­ter­day: Mr Sal­mond re­vealed he had writ­ten to Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Les­lie Evans seek­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged leaks within the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Ni­cola Stur­geon said no one is ‘above the law’ as she faced ques­tions over her pre­de­ces­sor’s be­hav­iour.

The Scot­tish Labour party sub­mit­ted Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests in a bid to ob­tain de­tails of three meet­ings held be­tween Miss Stur­geon and Mr Sal­mond in which they dis­cussed the com­plaints.

Scot­tish Tories called for Mrs Evans to launch an in­de­pen­dent re­view into com­plaints as they de­manded to know if con­cerns had been raised pre­vi­ously.

One for­mer of­fi­cer told this news­pa­per of con­cerns that a po­ten­tial po­lice in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct against Mr Sal­mond could have been ‘com­pro­mised’ by the Gov­ern­ment..

That came after it was re­vealed that Mrs Evans did not tell the po­lice of the se­ri­ous com­plaints un­til last week.

A spokesman for Mr Sal­mond said: ‘Some­one within the Gov­ern­ment has breached the re­quire­ment for con­fi­den­tial­ity and the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary is re­quired to find out who it was.’

Miss Stur­geon de­nied any ‘fish­ing ex­pe­di­tion’ to get more com­plaints against Mr Sal­mond, de­spite urg­ing women who may have com­plaints to come for­ward and said: ‘No­body is above the rules.’

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