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US News Alex Salmond's QC under pressure over footage showing him naming sexual assault complainers

15:00  29 march  2020
15:00  29 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Alex Salmond bumps elbow with Gordon Jackson QC © Getty Images Alex Salmond bumps elbow with Gordon Jackson QC

Alex Salmond’s QC has been condemned over video footage showing him naming female complainants in the former SNP leader’s trial.

Gordon Jackson also referred to one of the women as a “flake” and even discussed his court tactics to discredit a witness: “All I need to do is put a smell on her.”

The former Labour MSP, whose comments were made on a train, could also be heard describing his client as an “objectionable bully”.

Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond © Reuters Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis Scotland said she was “extremely shocked” by Jackson’s comments.

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She said: “It is hard to see how he can continue in his role as dean [of the Faculty of Advocates]. Anonymity of complainers in cases of this nature must be taken very seriously, otherwise women will not come forward to report. When you consider how traumatic and distressing this case was for the women involved, it is sickening to hear it being discussed in this way.”

Salmond, Scotland’s longest-serving First Minister, was acquitted this month of sexual offences against nine women after being defended by Jackson.

After being cleared, Salmond paid tribute to his “brilliant” legal team who he said had been “absolutely exceptional”.

However, the Sunday Times newspaper today revealed footage filmed by a commuter on a train which showed Jackson making inappropriate comments.

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  Alex Salmond's QC under pressure over footage showing him naming sexual assault complainers © Getty Although the identities of the nine complainants are strictly protected, he named two during a conversation with an unnamed individual.

Within earshot of fellow passengers, he reportedly went into further personal details that made one easy to identify.

He also referred disparagingly to one witness: “See, we thought that eventually people might think she’s a flake and not like her.”

Gordon Jackson wearing a suit and tie: Jackson leaves the High Court in Edinburgh after the ninth day of the Salmond trial © PA Jackson leaves the High Court in Edinburgh after the ninth day of the Salmond trial He said of Salmond: “I don’t know much about senior politicians, but he was quite an objectionable bully to work with, in a way I don’t think Nicola [Sturgeon] is. I think he was a nasty person to work for . . . a nightmare to work for.”

He then appeared to say Salmond could be seen as “a sex pest, but he’s not charged with that”.

The Faculty of Advocates’ code of conduct says the actions of members must not “impair the trust and the confidence which others place in him and his profession”.

Advocates must also “respect the confidentiality of all information that becomes known to him in the course of his professional activity”, and not bring the faculty into disrepute.

Neither Jackson nor Salmond commented on the original story.

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