Scottish Nationalist Alex Salmond Acquitted On All Sex-Crimes Charges

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond departs the High Court at Edinburgh High Court on March 13, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The former Scottish National Party leader is standing trial on allegations he sexually assaulted 10 women while serving as the country's first minister. He …
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

(AP) – A jury on Monday cleared former Scottish leader Alex Salmond of all sex-crimes charges he was facing in an Edinburgh court.

Jurors had retired to consider their verdicts on Friday.

Salmond, 65, denied all 13 alleged sexual offenses, including one of attempted rape, against nine women. The women either worked for the Scottish government or within Salmond´s Scottish National Party at the time the offenses are alleged to have taken place.

The accusations ranged from Salmond stroking a civil servant´s hair to trying to rape a former Scottish government official in the leader´s official residence in Edinburgh.

Salmond led the pro-independence Scottish National Party for 20 years and headed Scotland´s semi-autonomous government as its first minister from 2007 to 2014.

A major figure on the Scottish political stage for decades, he took Scotland to the verge of independence from the U.K. by holding a 2014 referendum on separation. He stepped down as leader after the “remain” side won the vote 55% to 45%.

.

Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.