ALEX SALMOND VERDICTS NOT GUILTY AND NOT PROVEN

Salmond Alex at Papal massSTOP PRESS: Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland, has been found not guilty of all the charges against him, the BBC is reporting right now. 

Alex Salmond has been cleared of sexual assaulting nine women while he was Scotland’s first minister.

A jury found the former SNP leader not guilty on 12 of the sexual assault charges facing him, while another was found not proven.

A further charge of sexually assaulting a 10th woman had previously been dropped by prosecutors.

Mr Salmond had said he was innocent of all the charges against him throughout the two-week trial.

He told the court that the claims made about his alleged conduct were “deliberate fabrications for a political purpose” or “exaggerations”.

The jury returned not guilty verdicts on 12 charges and returned a not proven verdict on a charge of sexual assault with intent to rape.

The not proven verdict is an unusual and highly controversial feature of the Scottish legal system which in practice is exactly the same as a verdict of not guilty The accused is acquitted and is innocent in the eyes of the law.

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