By Democrat reporter
Clive Thomson carried out a “blatant and deliberate” breach of a contempt of court order banning the identification of the complainers by naming five of them on social media.
The former first minister was cleared of all 13 charges, including sexual assault, indecent assault and attempted rape, following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh last year.
She said: “You had thus given thought to how you might get away with it, going as far as to seek advice about that on Twitter. You decided to take a calculated risk.
“This was a blatant and deliberate breach of the order, which was likely to cause serious stress and concern to the complainers and interfere with the protection extended to them by the order.”
She said that his actions were “clearly politically motivated, with a small ‘p’”.
Lords Pentland and Matthews deliberated on the contempt case.
Lady Dorrian, sitting with Lord Pentland and Lord Matthews, said the court took account of the fact it was a “deliberate, and indeed planned” contempt of court and described it as a “very serious matter.”
“The protection is, by convention, afforded to complainers in all cases, not just the one with which we are concerned.
“Moreover, the reason for such protection extends beyond the complainers in the present case.
Thomson admitted contempt of court at a previous hearing in January.
Lady Dorrian said that for such a “premeditated contempt” there is no alternative to a custodial sentence and jailed him for six months.
Alex Salmond is due to give evidence to “the Salmond Inquiry” in the Holyrood parliament this afternoon.