Alex Salmond could not now seem earlier than a Holyrood committee tomorrow after a few of his proof in a dispute with the devolved administration and the SNP was redacted from the parliament’s web site, his lawyer has mentioned.
David McKie mentioned he was “urgently” searching for “the authorized foundation for the proposed redactions”.
Some 474 phrases seem to have been faraway from the previous first minister’s proof, which was revealed on Monday night.
Mr McKie mentioned he wanted clarification so as to “correctly advise our shopper and make additional representations”.
He added: “These might have a cloth bearing on whether or not he is ready to attend tomorrow.”
The redactions had triggered “important shock and concern”, Mr KcKie mentioned, “provided that clear settlement was reached on publication of our shopper’s submissions which are actually extensively reported and within the public area”.
He additionally mentioned Mr Salmond is “entitled” to have his proof revealed, including: “If any facet of it’s eliminated, it compromises his oral proof.”
The politician has accused officers within the Scottish authorities and the SNP of a “malicious and concerted effort” to break his fame – “even to the extent of getting me imprisoned”.
After Mr Salmond’s proof was revealed, the Crown Workplace wrote to parliament to precise considerations about it.
Its worries are mentioned to be over the likelihood that it might quantity to contempt of court docket.
A Scottish Parliament spokesman mentioned: “Following representations from the Crown Workplace on Monday night, the Scottish Parliament Company Physique (SPCB) agreed collectively this morning that it’ll take away the Alex Salmond submission on the ministerial code from its web site with quick impact and republish it later right this moment in a redacted kind.
“The SPCB will reply formally to the Crown Workplace shortly.”
A spokesman for the Crown Workplace mentioned: “In all instances the place the Crown turns into conscious of problems with potential contempt, these can be thought-about rigorously and motion can be taken if thought-about acceptable.”
In response to Mr Salmond’s proof on Monday night, he mentioned: “We take severely our duty to uphold the regulation and to guard the dignity and rights of all those that come into contact with COPFS.
“Scotland’s prosecutors have acted independently and within the public curiosity always when contemplating issues associated to this case.”
The Committee on the Scottish Authorities Dealing with of Harassment Complaints was set as much as look into an illegal investigation of allegations towards the previous chief of the SNP.
Mr Salmond had beforehand declined to attend after the committee voted to not publish proof he had submitted.
Nevertheless, the SPCB finally concluded that “on stability” it could be “potential” for the doc to be revealed.
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