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Justice Secretary must step back from the brink on corroboration

February 24, 2014 9:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats today urged the justice secretary to useAlison McInnesAlison McInnes Thursday's debate in parliament to signal that he will step back from the brink on his dangerous and ill-thought through plans to scrap corroboration. The opportunity will come on Thursday (27 February) when MSPs will debate the first stage of the controversial Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and justice committee member Alison McInnes MSP has repeatedly criticised the justice secretary's mishandling of the issue.

Ms McInnes said:

"There is a great deal at stake on Thursday. The last few months have seen the justice secretary lurch from one defence to another in his attempts to justify this dangerous reform. He hit rock bottom with his latest ruse - 'vote to abolish it anyway and (fingers crossed) I will sort it out later.'

"This is no way for Scotland's justice secretary to oversee law making.

"Kenny MacAskill's reputation is badly tarnished by this whole affair. He must use Thursday's debate to signal he has seen sense and will remove that section of the Bill. That would be the first step towards rehabilitating his reputation."