Salmond may pull out of Holyrood panel hearing after evidence removed

Alex Salmond may not right now appear before a Holyrood panel tomorrow after some of his proof in a dispute with the devolved management and the SNP was redacted through the parliament’s website, his lawyer reports.

David McKie stated he was “urgently” seeking “the legal basis for the proposed redactions”.

Some 474 terms appear to have been removed from the former initial minister’s evidence, which was published upon Monday evening.

Mister McKie said he needed clarification in order to “properly advise our customer and make further representations”.

He added: “These might have a material bearing on regardless of whether he is able to attend tomorrow. ”

The particular redactions had caused “significant shock and concern”, Mr KcKie mentioned, “given that clear agreement had been reached on publication of our customer’s submissions which are now widely documented and in the public domain”.

He also said Mr Salmond is “entitled” to have his proof published, adding: “If any element of it is removed, it compromises their oral evidence. ”

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The politician has accused authorities in the Scottish government and the SNP of a “malicious plus concerted effort” to damage his reputation — “even to the extent of having me personally imprisoned”.

After Mister Salmond’s evidence was published, the particular Crown Office wrote to parliament to express concerns about it.

Its worries were said to be within the possibility that it could amount to disregard of court.

The Scottish Parliament spokesman said: “Following representations from the Crown Office upon Monday evening, the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body (SPCB) agreed jointly this morning that it will remove the Alex Salmond submission on the ministerial program code from its website with immediate impact and republish it later these days in a redacted form.

“The SPCB will respond officially to the Crown Office shortly. inch

A spokesman for that Crown Office said: “In almost all cases where the Crown becomes conscious of issues of potential contempt, these types of will be considered carefully and actions will be taken if considered suitable. ”

In response to Mister Salmond’s evidence on Monday night time, he said: “We take significantly our responsibility to uphold legislation and to protect the dignity plus rights of all those who come into contact with COPFS.

“Scotland’s prosecutors have got acted independently and in the public curiosity at all times when considering matters related to this particular case. ”