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Former First Minister Alex Salmond appears at Glasgow High Court

Alex Salmond arrives at the High Court in Glasgow for a preliminary hearing in his attempted rape case.
Alex Salmond arrives at the High Court in Glasgow for a preliminary hearing in his attempted rape case.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has appeared at the High Court in Glasgow this morning, accused of a number of sexual offences including attempted rape.

Salmond, 65, of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, has been accused of 11 offences — some of which are alleged to have taken place at Bute House during the independence referendum campaign.

The “architect of the modern independence movement” appeared for a preliminary hearing.

The charges faced by the former first minister:

Indecent assault of a woman on various occasions in June and July 2008 in Glasgow by kissing her on the mouth and touching her buttocks and breast with his hands over her clothing.

Sexual assault of the same woman on an occasion in December 2010 or December 2011 at Ego, a nightclub in Edinburgh, by touching her arms and hips with his hands over her clothing.

Indecent assault of a woman on an occasion between October and November 2010 at Bute House in Edinburgh by repeatedly seizing her by her wrists and repeatedly pulling her towards him and attempting to kiss her.
Sexual assault of a woman in a car travelling between Holyrood Road and Waverley Station in Edinburgh on an occasion in February 2011 by touching her leg with his hand over her clothing.

Sexual assault of a woman on various occasions between May 2011 and June 2013 at Bute House, at the Scottish Parliament and elsewhere by touching her buttocks with his hands over her clothing, stroking her arms, and touching and stroking her hair.

Sexual assault of a woman on an occasion in October 2013 at Bute House by removing her foot from her shoe, stroking her foot, lifting her foot towards his mouth and attempting to kiss her foot.

Sexual assault of a woman on an occasion between November and December 2013 at Bute House by kissing her on the mouth.

Intent to rape of the same woman on an occasion in December 2013 at Bute House by causing her to sit on a bed, lie on top of her, make sexual remarks to her, touch her buttocks, thighs and breasts over her clothing with his hands, repeatedly kiss her face, struggle with her and pull up her dress.

Sexual assault of a woman on an occasion in March 2012 at Ubiquitous Chip, a restaurant on Ashton Lane, Glasgow, by touching her buttocks with his hand over her clothing.

Sexual assault of the same woman on an occasion in April 2014 at Bute House by placing his arm around her, making sexual remarks to her and attempting to kiss her.

Sexual assault of a woman on an occasion in May 2014 at Bute House by placing his arm around her body, placing his hand under her clothing and underwear and touching her breast, repeatedly kissing her on the face and neck and stroking her leg with his hand.

Attempted rape of the same woman on an occasion in June 2014 at Bute House by lifting her legs and placing them over his legs, repeatedly kissing her on the face and neck, placing his hand inside her upper clothing and touching her breast over her underwear, repeatedly blocking her path, pinning her against a wall, pulling at her clothing and underwear, removing his clothing and underwear, pushing her on to a bed, kneeling over her, pinning her to the bed by her shoulder, lying naked on top of her and then trying to rape her.

Sexual assault of a woman on an occasion in September 2014 at Bute House by seizing her by her shoulders, repeatedly kissing her on the face, attempting to kiss her on the lips and touching her leg and face with his hand.

Sexual assault of a woman on an occasion in November 2014 at Stirling Castle by touching her buttock with his hand over her clothing.

Salmond denies the charges.

The trial is due to start on March 9.

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