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Former Dundee University rector Craig Murray jailed for eight months for Salmond trial contempt

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Craig Murray

Former Dundee University rector Craig Murray has been jailed for eight months for breaching strict rules around the Alex Salmond trial regarding sexual offence allegations.

Murray, 62, breached a strict court order which was passed to protect women who gave evidence at the former first minister’s high court trial last year.

At a hearing held earlier this year, the judges found Murray had broken the law by publishing information which breached the order.

He also breached a long standing practice which the media follow in not publishing information which could allow readers to realise the identities of sexual assault complainers.

He now publishes a blog about political matters and often criticises the media and established politicians.

At proceedings, which resulted in Mr Salmond being acquitted of all charges, Lady Dorrian passed orders which prevented journalists from naming the women who gave evidence against the politician.

Sentencing judge Lady Dorrian, at Edinburgh High Court, has ordered Murray to hand himself in within 48 hours.

His agent, Roddy Dunlop QC is preparing an immediate appeal and has asked that no warrant be executed until that process has been completed.

More to follow…