Alex Salmond arrives at High Court in Glasgow to face string of sex assault claims including attempted rape – after vowing to ‘vigorously’ defend himself in upcoming trial
- Former First Minister, 65, denies the 14 charges in relation to 10 different women
- Offences are alleged to have taken place between 2008 and 2014
- He is at the High Court in Glasgow today with four-week trial to start on March 9
Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has arrived at the High Court to face a string of sex assault charges, including one of attempted rape.
Salmond, 65, was flanked by police officers as he entered Glasgow’s High Court for the preliminary hearing this morning.
He is accused of one count of attempted rape, one of sexual assault with intent to rape, 10 of sexual assault and two of indecent assault.
The charges, which he has ‘vigorously’ denied, relate to 10 different women and cover a time period from June 2008 to November 2014.
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond is pictured arriving at the High Court in Glasgow for a preliminary hearing
Salmond is seen being escorted by police officers in Glasgow on Tuesday morning
The former MSP is accused of attempting to rape a woman at Bute House, the official residence of the first minister of Scotland, during the independence referendum campaign.
The ex-MP is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman with intent to rape in December 2013.
Both incidents were said to have taken place between the date of the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 and the day of the independence vote in September 2014.
Mr Salmond was First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014, before he resigned following the Scottish Independence referendum.
A four-week trial is fixed for March 9.
The 65-year-old is pictured walking through the streets of Glasgow on Tuesday on the way to his preliminary court hearing
Salmond (pictured outside court today) has denied the 14 charges against him ahead of his trial in March
The former MSP (pictured outside the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday) is accused of attempting to rape a woman at Bute House, the official residence of the first minister of Scotland, during the independence referendum campaign
Salmond (seen outside Glasgow High Court today) has ‘vigorously’ denied the charges against him