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The garda investigation took place over three years.The garda investigation had taken place over three years and involved a number of locations and the matters alleged were “very serious” and the alleged harm “grave”, the District Court sitting was told during a hearing that took almost an hour. Strict reporting restrictions have been imposed so as not to identify any of the parties.
He denies all the allegations, which include one attempted rape, one intent to rape, 10 sexual assaults and two indecent assaults . Speaking outside court after the brief hearing, Mr Salmond said he was innocent of the charges against him , and would defend himself " vigorously " during the trial.
The offences, which Mr Salmond has repeatedly and adamently denied , allegedly took place between 2008 and 2014, and involved 10 women whilst he was First Minister.
Alex Salmond has said he will “vigorously” defend his position after pleading not guilty to offences against 10 women.
The 64-year-old appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday to face 14 allegations, including an attempted rape at the official residence of the first minister of Scotland during the independence referendum campaign.
As well as that charge, Salmond faces a further 11 charges of sexual assault – including one with intent to rape – and two of indecent assault.
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The former First Minister of Scotland, 64, this afternoon said he would ' defend himself to the utmost' FORMER Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond appeared in court yesterday accused of sex attacks Salmond appeared in court to face 14 charges including nine sex attacks, two indecent assaults
Salmond was charged on Wednesday night after voluntarily attending a police station with his solicitor, and he was released after agreeing to appear in court. Last year he faced an internal investigation by the Scottish government into complaints against him . He consistently denied any criminal misconduct.
Speaking outside court after the hearing, with a trial date set for March 9, the former first minister confirmed not guilty pleas had been submitted.
He said: “I’m not permitted to say too much today save that we’ve launched our defence statement with the court.
“It pleads not guilty to all charges and explains some of the circumstances in which they’ve come about.
“I’m also conscious we’re in the middle of a General Election campaign. I’m not going to say anything which would influence that democratic process.
“We’re now into a second year of court actions, first civil and now criminal – it’s over 10 months since we won the civil action.
“I am innocent and I will defend my position vigorously but the only place, the only proper place to answer criminal charges, is in this court – and that’s exactly what we intend to do next spring.”
Salmond accused of laying naked on woman and trying to rape her
Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond has appeared in court charged with 14 counts of sexual assault against 10 women, including an attempted rape inside his official residence. It is alleged that in the summer of 2014 he pinned a woman's head against a wall inside Bute House, then laid naked on top of her and attempted to rape her.As well as the charge of attempted rape, Salmond faces a charge of sexual assault with intent to rape, a further 10 charges of sexual assault and two of indecent assault.Salmond, 64, has strongly denied the allegations against him.
Salmond has repeatedly denied the charges . In a further alleged sexual assault charge , Salmond is accused of kissing and groping another woman at He is being represented by one of Scotland’s most senior defence advocates, Gordon Jackson QC, a former Labour MSP who is also dean of the faculty
Alex Salmond is charged with 14 offence including two of attempted rape. He has denied the allegations and said: 'I'll defend myself to the utmost in Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has arrived at court today ahead of his planned trial over sexual assault and attempted rape charges .
The charges span a period between June 29 2008 and November 11 2014 – with one sexual assault alleged to have taken place in the month of the referendum.
Salmond attempted to rape a woman at Bute House in Edinburgh in June 2014, the indictment alleges.
It is said he placed her legs over his, repeatedly kissed her face and neck, groped her, then blocked her path.
Salmond is then alleged to have pinned her against a wall, pulled at her clothes and stripped himself naked before trying to rape her on a bed.
The former MP and MSP is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman with intent to rape in December 2013.
He is alleged to have forced a woman to lie on his bed at the first minister’s official residence, then pulled up her dress with intent to rape her.
Both incidents were said to have taken place between the date of the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 and the day of the independence vote in September 2014.
Alex Salmond accused of lying naked on woman and trying to rape her in Bute House
Alex Salmond appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh today where he was accused of carrying out a series of sexual offences against 10 women while serving as First Minister of Scotland. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The 64-year-old former SNP leader faces a total of 14 charges, all of which he denies.They include a charge of attempted rape, 11 of sexual assault - including one with intent to rape - and two of indecent assault. The charges span a period between 2008 and 2014.
ALEX Salmond vowed to defend himself “to the utmost” after appearing in the dock yesterday to face sex attack Mr Salmond was also accused of two indecent assaults and a breach of the peace. Mr Salmond went back inside court to consult his legal team, and didn’t say anything as he left via the
Salmond was arrested and charged in Scotland yesterday after voluntarily going to the police He said that given that proceedings were underway in the current case, he was unable to comment further other than to say he refuted the accusations and would defend himself “to the utmost” in court.
The first of the charges involved incidents where Salmond allegedly indecently assaulted a woman by kissing her mouth and groping her on various occasions around Glasgow between June 29 and July 24, 2008.
It is also alleged he sexually assaulted a woman on various occasions between May 2011 and June 2013 at the Scottish Parliament, Bute House and elsewhere by touching her bottom and stroking other parts of her body.
Salmond – who was Scotland’s first minister from 2007 to 2014 – is also accused of taking off a woman’s shoe and trying to kiss her foot in October 2013.
The indictment states that in September 2014, Salmond grabbed a woman by her shoulders at Bute House, repeatedly kissed her face, tried to kiss her lips and touched her leg and face.
Several charges involved the accused allegedly groping women, including one incident at the Ego nightclub in Edinburgh in December 2010 or 2011, and another at the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant in Glasgow in March 2012.
Gordon Jackson QC, representing Salmond, said his client denied the allegations.
Judge Lady Dorrian continued the preliminary hearing until January 22, with the trial in March expected to last four weeks.
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