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McInnes calls on Justice Secretary to withdraw corroboration slurs

March 3, 2014 10:24 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP Alison McInnesAlison McInnestoday called on the Justice Secretary to withdraw attacks he made against those opposed to his corroboration reforms during debate on SNP's Criminal Justice Bill at Holyrood.

Ms McInnes was speaking after senior SNP backbencher and Justice Committee Convenor Christine Grahame warned Kenny MacAskill's comments during the debate were 'beyond the pale'.

During the debate on Thursday, Mr MacAskill accused opponents of his corroboration reforms of 'selling out the victims of crime'.

Commenting, Alison McInnes MSP said:

"Kenny MacAskill might have won the vote on corroboration but even his own SNP colleagues think he lost the plot during his speech.

"The abolition of corroboration is opposed by people across the legal profession, from high court judges to local solicitors. Are they all part of a unionist conspiracy too? Kenny MacAskill's speech was badly judged and did him no credit whatsoever.

"I hope the Justice Secretary will listen to Christine Grahame, reflect on his behaviour and withdraw the shameful attacks he made during his speech at the first opportunity."