A former diplomat’s tweet and blog articles about Alex Salmond’s prosecution and arrest constitute contempt of court, the High Court has mastered.
Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, has composed widely in defence of Mr Salmond, who had been acquitted of varied sexual offence fees in March 2020.
At a 42-page ruling handed down Lady Dorrian stated four articles printed on Mr Murray’s site and among his own tweets”has to be thought to constitute contempt of court” since it was”capable of differentiating four distinct complainers”.
The site articles were printed on the 11th, 18th and 19th of March 2020 and also the 3rd of April 2020, along with the tweet was printed on the 2nd of April 2020.
A range of different posts and tweets were found not to constitute contempt or weren’t believed because the Crown hadn’t included them in the request.
Mr Murray filed two affidavits to the court, which Lady Dorrian stated”are filled with material that’s irrelevant, hearsay, says gossip as truth, and in some cases even possibly defamatory”.
She added that portions of the affidavits suggested”a failure to comprehend the rationale and intent behind anonymity to get complainers in sexual offence cases”.
A additional hearing will be held on 7 May 2021 to contemplate”the results of the decision”.