Craig Murray Sentenced to 8 Months for Contempt of Court
I cannot commend this article highly enough to anybody who wants to understand why and how I have been sentenced to prison.https://t.co/pW9JNfLB5p
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) May 11, 2021
I’ll stretch Fair Use a bit from Elmaazi’s coverage above, as I have no idea why it’s copyrighted, and as many people as possible need to know:
“A three-judge panel determined on March 25, 2021—following a two-hour trial in January—that information published by Murray in a number of his blog posts was likely to lead indirectly to people being able to identify witnesses in Salmond’s sexual assault trial.
This process, known as “jigsaw identification,” refers to the possibility that a person may piece together information from various sources to arrive at the identification of a protected witness.”
Murray, who along with Salmond, is a proponent of Scottish independence, denied the charges, saying he’d gone to great lengths to cover the trial without identifying the witnesses.
A Politically Motivated Stitch-Up
“Murray was critical of the prosecution of Salmond which he described as a politically motivated stitch-up, a fact which appears to have irked the judges in his case.
For his part, Murray contends the charges against him are politically motivated as a result of his support for Salmond.
Salmond was acquitted by a jury on all 14 counts of sexual harassment and assault brought against him. However, that fact was considered irrelevant by the court when deciding the contempt of court case against Murray.
Before Salmond was tried in March 2020, evidence had already emerged of a potential conspiracy against the former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP).” [...]
“According to Kerr, Dorrian, who presided over both Salmond’s trial and Murray’s contempt of court proceedings, “has led the campaign to get rid of juries in the cases of sex offenses in Scotland.”
The Scottish government has been looking into specialized legal proceedings in sex offense cases, whereby complainants might be able to give evidence via video link as a matter of course and where judges would give the final verdict as to guilt or innocence.”
Murray Scottish Appeal Denied; Allowed to Try UK Court https://t.co/niACgDyvWZ
— Joe Lauria (@unjoe) June 9, 2021
@CraigMurrayOrg Jun 8
‘Really interesting refusal of appeal today by Lady Dorrian. Justifies the selective prosecution of a blogger, when mainstream journalists committed far more "jigsaw ID". Says different standards should apply to bloggers and mainstream media.’
@CraigMurrayOrg Jun 8
‘A huge constraint on freedom of speech, media and right to fair trial. Explains why to this day most people do not understand the compelling third party evidence that led to acquittal. Verdict in my case makes it impossible to clear public name of accused even if acquitted.’
An Open Letter to Lady Dorrian - My name is Nadira Murray, wife of Craig Murray. On the 7th of June Craig will be sent to prison per your decision under the law of contempt of court.
I understand and fully support your decision of protecting sexual https://t.co/36mcpzx296
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) June 6, 2021