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Salmond civil case cost Scottish Government more than £100,000

The Government spent a net total of £118,523 on legal fees defending the case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government spent more than £100,000 on defence costs for a civil action brought by former First Minister Alex Salmond (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The Scottish Government spent more than £100,000 on defence costs for a civil action brought by former First Minister Alex Salmond (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The Scottish Government spent more than £100,000 on legal costs in a civil court case brought by former First Minister Alex Salmond.

The ex-SNP leader won a procedural case in January over the process of its investigation into harassment allegations against him.

In response to queries under Freedom of Information, the Government said the net legal costs of defending the case were £118,523.

This will be met from budgets managed by the Director General for Organisational Development and Operations.

In the statement, the Government confirmed that no employee would be made redundant due to the costs.

Scottish Conservative MSP Maurice Golden said taxpayers “will be furious that this saga is costing them money”.

He added: “This is an enormous sum and that is before you take into account any additional costs – which could be substantial.”

Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill described the costs as a “waste of taxpayer money” and said answers were needed on the Government’s decisions.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “It was necessary and appropriate for the Scottish Government to instruct counsel who have rights of audience in the Court of Session where Mr Salmond served his petition for judicial review.

“Specialist external legal assistance was also required to advise on the specific requirements of the petition.”

Salmond, – who resigned his membership of the party in August 2018 – appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in January charged with 14 offences, including two of attempted rape.

He refutes “absolutely these allegations of criminality”.

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