Writer withheld names in sexual harassment case but state went after him anyway
Left-wing writer and former UK ambassador Craig Murray has been sentenced to eight months in prison on a ‘contempt of court’ charge.
The state went after Murray for articles he wrote after attending the 2020 court case against former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, on the basis that his articles might have led to the identification of Salmond’s accusers. However, as Murray’s defence barrister pointed out during the trial, the ‘Crown’ had contacted Murray about one of the articles in early 2020 – but did not request that it be removed, suggesting that any risk was not considered significant. Salmond was acquitted on all accounts.
Murray himself claimed during the wait for trial that the prosecution was politically motivated – and pointed out that two-thirds of people who had learned the identities of Salmond’s accusers said that they did so from so-called ‘mainstream’ media. No ‘mainstream’ publication or journalist was pursued.
Murray’s legal team is preparing an appeal. Anyone wishing to contribute to his defence fund can do so here.
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