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18 Mar 2011

MP challenges Scottish Government over lack of prosecutions in Hollie Greig case

Conservative MP David Ruffley has written to the Scottish Government to ask why no prosecutions were raised after allegations of ritualised sexual abuse were made by the family of Hollie Greig.
Hollie Greig received the sum of £13,500 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2009. No charges were ever brought in respect of the alleged abuse, although Greig, who has Down’s syndrome, 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.”
In correspondence relating to the “appalling” case, Ruffley says he has written to Scottish Ministers to ask why no charges were ever brought if “compensation has already been conceded”.

“The case of Hollie Greig is appalling. Justice matters are devolved in Scottish Parliament, and are a matter for the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service. It seems that the Crown Office has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to bring proceedings. But why then has Hollie received compensation from the Criminal Injurles Compensation Authority?” Ruffley said.

“I have, therefore, written to Ministers asking why there is no prosecution if compensation has already been conceded. The fact that someone has learning difficulties does not mean that their evidence should be disregarded.”
A Freedom of Information request is awaiting response from the Information Commissioner into whether outgoing Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini or taxpayersfunded a series of legal actions against sectors of the media that had reported on the Hollie Greig case.

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