Former First Minister Of Scotland Charged With Nine Counts Of Sexual Assault

Alex Salmond, the former first minister of Scotland and one of the most prominent figures in modern British politics, has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and attempted rape.

He has been charged with 14 offences in total: nine charges of sexual assault, two of attempted rape, two of indecent assault and one of breach of the peace.

The 64 year old is perhaps best known internationally for leading the Scottish National Party during the Scottish independence referendum back in 2014. Scotland voted 55-45 to remain as part of the United Kingdom, after which Salmond resigned as leader of the party.

Police in Scotland have been investigating Salmond since last year, after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against him. These allegations were also investigated internally by his party, and he has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

“Let me say from the outset, I am innocent of any criminality whatsoever,” he said in a statement outside court.

The only thing that I can say is I refute absolutely these allegations of criminality and I will defend myself to the utmost in court. I’ve got great faith in the court system in Scotland [and] that is where I will state my case.

“I have always maintained that I have never engaged in criminality and that remains my position,” he went on to say.

The police charge sheet does not include any information about how many alleged victims are involved.