03 Jun 2011

Exclusive: Information Commissioner forces Government response to Hollie Greig inquiries


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.

“The Court of Session can treat this failure as a contempt of court.”



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