Alex Salmond denies sex assaults while he was First Minister

Alex Salmond denies sex assaults while he was First Minister”

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is set to face trial in 2020 over multiple sexual assault allegations, with one charge linked to an attempted rape whilst living at the Bute House in Edinburgh.

A preliminary listening to within the case is because of happen on the Excessive Court docket in Edinburgh this morning.

According to the indictment Mr Salmond faces, the attempted rape is alleged to have taken place in June 2014 at Bute House, the first minister's official residence in Edinburgh.

He has beforehand denied the allegations and stated he'll defend himself "to the utmost" in courtroom.

"I'm not permitted to say too much today save that we've lodged our defense statement with the court", said Salmond, who was first minister between 2007 and 2014.

The result of the 2014 referendum led to him step down as First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party.

He is then said to have pinned her against a wall and pulled at her clothes, stripping naked before lying on top of her and trying to rape her. I'm not going to say anything which would influence that democratic process. The offences are alleged to have happened between June 2008 and November 2014.

Mr Salmond's QC, Gordon Jackson, said his client was pleading not guilty, and judge Lady Dorrian set the trial date for 9 March next year.

Salmond, a former economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland, became a key figure in the push for Scottish independence when he took over the leadership of the SNP in 1990.

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.

He is also accused of indecently assaulting a woman on a number of occasions in Glasgow in June and July 2008, and of sexually assaulting the same woman in December 2010 or December 2011 in the Ego nightclub in Edinburgh.

In a further alleged sexual assault charge, Salmond is accused of kissing and groping another woman at Bute House in December 2013, and pinning her to a bed. Now, I'm informed court rules are that your questions and my answers might well breach court rules.

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