SCOTLAND IS A POLICE STATE

Equality under the law in Scotland?

A supporter to whom Robert supplied by letter a more detailed outline of his interview with the 2 Perth police constables on 1st May has written as follows to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill:
0PEN  LETTER  TO  KENNY  MACASKILL  REGARDING  EQUALITY  UNDER  THE  LAW  IN  SCOTLAND
Dear Mr MacAskill,
I am aware that there are significant differences between the law as practised north and south of the border.  I would therefore be grateful for some clarification on your part.
Robert Green, a 68-year-old pensioner in poor health, now held by you in HMP Perth for some twelve weeks without specific charges, states that after his third rejected appeal for bail (at which he himself was not permitted to be present) he was told by persons belonging to the legal profession that the Procurator Fiscal of Aberdeen, Andrew Shanks, had accused him in court on 19 March 2014,  before Lady Wise, of distributing leaflets outside the Sheriff Court in Aberdeen.
Since the accused had not set foot in Aberdeen since leaving Craiginches prison on 17 May, 2012 (and was never given the opportunity of personally distributing a single leaflet in that city even before his initial arrest, in 2010), it appeared possible that Mr Shanks might be guilty of making a false statement under oath, thus laying himself open to charges of perjury.
Robert Green wrote to the Procurator Fiscal, asking if his words had been reported correctly.  When he received no reply, he wrote twice more, asking the same question: and it was only a month later, when Mr Shanks had ignored three letters, that Mr Green made a formal complaint to the police.  He was then visited by a DC Johnstone and a DC Stewart of the Perth constabulary, and reports the following conversation:
Robert Green:  “Is everyone in Scotland, regardless of status, treated equally under the law ?”
DC Johnstone:  “Yes, that is so.”
Robert Green:  “The person who has allegedly committed a possible criminal offence is the Prosecutor Fiscal of Aberdeen, Andrew Shanks.”
(The cause of complaint, as detailed above, was then stated.)
DC Johnstone:  “Well you have to tell your solicitor first and then go through the Crown Office procedure.”
Robert Green:  “Why is that ?”
DC Johnstone: “Because Mr Shanks is a Crown Office employee.”
Robert Green:  “So Mr Shanks, because of his status, is being treated differently to other people by the police ?”
DC Johnstone:  “I’m just telling you how it is.”
Robert Green:  “So what you first told me about everyone being treated equally cannot possibly be true ?”
DC Johnstone:  “Well that’s how it is.”
Robert Green:  “But you must accept that there is inconsistency between your two statements.”
DC Johnstone: “That’s the procedure.”
Robert Green: “Yes, I understand what you’re saying.  All I’m asking you to accept is that your first assurance to me could not possibly be correct.  Crown Office employees are being treated differently by Police Scotland.”
DC Johnstone:  “You need to talk to your solicitor.”
Robert Green:  “What has it got to do with my solicitor ?  I’m reporting this directly to you.  I understand that my solicitor was not present either at the hearing.  I was represented by an Edinburgh law firm, whose address I will give you.”
DC Johnstone:  “Yes, thank you.”
Robert Green:  “But I still don’t see that reporting a crime that does not involve my solicitor should entail me reporting it to him.  It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
DC Johnstone:  “Well, that’s just the way it is.”
I am therefore asking if you, Mr MacAskill, can confirm what DC Johnstone was apparently too shy to state in plain language.  Are some people officially beyond the reach of the law, as far as the justice system in Scotland is concerned ?
Yours sincerely

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