Scottish Daily Mail

Ex-diplomat in Salmond case ‘too sick for jail’

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A FORMER diplomat who was found to be in contempt of court after covering the Salmond trial for his blog may be unable to ‘cope’ in prison, a court has heard.

Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, attended two days of Mr Salmond’s trial in March 2020, sitting in the public gallery, and wrote about it online.

The former First Minister was cleared of 13 sexual assault charges involving nine women. Judges on March 25 this year found that Murray, 62, was in contempt of court relating to material capable of identifyin­g four complainer­s.

At a virtual hearing yesterday, Roddy Dunlop, QC, representi­ng Murray, said he suffers from pulmonary hypertensi­on – a debilitati­ng lung condition – and a doctor fears this may make prison difficult for him. He made the submission to judges Lady Dorrian, Lord Menzies and Lord Turnbull.

Mr Dunlop said sending Murray to prison would be ‘harsh to the point of being disproport­ionate’, and urged judges to deal with the matter by way of a fine. The judges told Mr Dunlop that they would impose their sentence on Monday.

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