Alex Salmond trial: Blogger faces contempt of court proceedings

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Mr Salmond was cleared of 12 sexual assault charges

The Crown Office has launched contempt of court proceedings against a former UK diplomat who was blogging during the Alex Salmond trial.

Craig Murray, an ex-UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, attended two days of the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh before writing about it on his website.

A Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal spokesman confirmed proceedings against Mr Murray were now active.

Ex-first minister Mr Salmond was cleared of 12 sexual assault charges.

Another was found not proven.

A further charge of sexually assaulting a 10th woman had previously been dropped by prosecutors.

The former SNP leader had said he was innocent of all the charges against him throughout the two-week trial in March.

The women who made the allegations against Mr Salmond included an SNP politician, a party worker and several current and former Scottish government civil servants and officials.

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