TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010
Lord Advocate’s lawyers issue interdict on behalf of Sheriff in Hollie Greig case as journalist bailed, home raided by Police in files hunt
Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini. LEVY MCRAE, the same law firm which represents Scotland’s Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini and has long standing ties to JUSTICE SECRETARY KENNY MACASKILL, who worked at the law firm for several years and secured his solicitors apprenticeship there, is now also representing an Aberdeen Sheriff who stood accused of allegations in connection with the Hollie Greig case, recently reported in the Scottish media and by many online outlets. The England based journalist & broadcaster Robert Green, who was investigating the allegations, was arrested on Friday morning in Aberdeen, and bailed earlier today at Stonehaven Sheriff Court after desperate attempts by the Courts Service & Police to vary the trial venue in an attempt to prevent media and Mr Green’s supporters from attending.
Peter Watson of Levy McRae, now also represents Sheriff as well as Lord Advocate. It has been revealed today that Levy McRae, acting for the Sheriff, sent letters to one of the publications which recently reported on the Hollie Greig case, the “UK Column”, informing the newspaper’s editors they had secured an interim interdict at Scotland’s Court of Session last week, 11 February 2009, seeking to prevent the publication and spread of information or allegations relating to their [new] client, identified in the court documents as one Sheriff Graeme Buchanan. The “UK Column” has now published the letters & correspondence between themselves & Levy McRae, along with a copy of the interim interdict, secured late last week in Edinburgh.
Levy McRae & Interim Interdict :
The above interdict, the terms of which can be published according to the Scottish Courts Service, now makes reporting any allegations specifically regarding the Sheriff, impossible, and earlier today, the interdict was apparently waved at several UK newspapers reminding them of their duty to adhere to the terms of the law.
However, a solicitor speaking on behalf of a London based newspaper noted the Scottish interdict, gained by Edinburgh law firm Simpson & Marwick on behalf of Levy McRae’s client, Sheriff Graeme Buchanan v George Robert Green, had no effect in England & Wales or anywhere else outside Scotland, and until such time as an injunction was gained under the English legal system, news outlets outside Scotland remain able to report developments in the case.
Journalist Robert Green, bailed after 3 days in custody over ‘breach of the peace’. Meanwhile Robert Green has been freed on bail after an appearance earlier today at Stonehaven Sheriff Court, and is to report to a Police station until such time as the full hearing into his charge takes place. The hearing was, according to supporters of Mr Green present at Stonehaven Sheriff Court, held “in camera”, meaning not accessible to the public (a bit heavy handed for a breach of the peace charge – Ed) Also today it was reported by sources close to developments that Grampian Police had requested Cheshire Constabulary to raid Mr Green’s home, confiscating documents and computer equipment.
This morning, legal insiders were questioning the political impact of the same law firm which has ties to the Justice Secretary representing two key figures of the Scots legal establishment who face a number of allegations connected with the same abuse case.
One solicitor said this morning : “If this had occurred in England, television news would have been all over it, but due to the peculiarities of the Scots legal system, which some at the top appear to treat as their own personal fiefdom, wider coverage of Mr Green’s three day detention on a charge of breach of the peace connected to allegations of abuse which drag in the country’s top law officers, has effectively been censored from the wider public arena.” (nothing new to us – Ed)
Holly Greig with her mother Anne – forced to flee to England after abuse. Since the journalist’s arrest by Grampian Police on Friday, reports of Mr Green, and his work investigating the allegations into the Aberdeen based paedophile ring have spread around the internet, along with a sequence of video clips of a talk the journalist gave to audiences on his work and the allegations into the abuse which had taken place in the Aberdeen area, leaving many to question why Scotland’s Crown Office had stamped on any chance of mounting prosecutions against people well known in the area who have been identified by one of the abuse victims, Hollie Greig, who, despite no one being charged after a Police investigation into the abuse claims, received £13,500 compensation (hush money ? – Ed) from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in April of 2009.
Hollie has been described by a Grampian detective inspector who himself gave evidence, as “a truthful witness to the best of her ability and an entirely innocent victim”, and medical evidence has apparently verified that Hollie has been abused.
Grampian Police are now known to have received hundreds of calls from people all over the United Kingdom and around the world, concerned for Mr Green’s wellbeing. It has also been revealed today that Anne Greig, Hollie’s mother has not been allowed to speak to Mr Green to establish if he is ok, or has the necessary legal representation for his court appearance on Monday.
The video clips, well worth a look while they still exist, can be viewed on You Tube at the following link : JusticeforHollie
You can read our earlier coverage of events in the Hollie Greig case, HERE and here follows today’s report from the Aberdeen Press & Journal on Robert Green’s court appearance yesterday. The ‘breach of the peace’ Mr Green is charged with, is alleged to have spanned 8 months (must be the longest breach of the peace in Scots legal history & so much for the Crown Office’s attempt to cap media attention to the story … – Ed)
Man accused of breaching the peace
By Leanna MacLarty Published: 16/02/2010
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. 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.