Spectator wins challenge to court order in Alex Salmond case

Ruling could clear way for former first minister to give evidence to Holyrood committee

The Spectator has won a legal action that could clear the way for Alex Salmond to give evidence to Holyrood about a botched Scottish government inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

A senior Scottish judge, Lady Dorrian, has agreed to amend a court order she imposed on what could be reported about Salmond’s criminal trial on 14 counts of alleged sexual assault, including an attempted rape, of which he was acquitted last year.

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