Former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini is now being called to appear in trial of anti abuse campaigner Robert Green SCOTTISH LAW REPORTER has been told this evening by legal insiders that former Lord Advocate now Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC is to be cited as a witness in Scotland’s most expensive ever Breach of the Peace trial against the now well known anti-abuse campaigner Robert Green, who has campaigned for an investigation into claims Hollie Greig, a downs syndrome victim was abused by an Aberdeen based paedophile gang. The case which has so far cost taxpayers a staggering HALF A MILLION POUNDS, having already seen FOURTEEN COURT HEARINGS, 16,000 travel miles for the accused, trips by Grampian Police Officers to England to search & raid homes & seize property including computers & documents, Crown Office staff being flown into Aberdeen especially for the case, and a witness list which has varied in numbers and currently totals SIXTY ONE persons is set to begin at Stonehaven Sheriff Court next week 16 January 2012 in front of Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen and is scheduled to last up to TWO WEEKS.
If the former Lord Advocate does appear in court to answer questions over the arrest of Mr Green and account for her role in the Hollie Greig case, it will be a first. However, insiders are predicting there will be an intense effort to block any difficult questions being asked of the former Lord Advocate.
Earlier this week, Scottish Law Reporter featured further reports on the long running case HERE revealing a series of problems with Mr Green’s legal representatives who had suspiciously backed away from calling Angiolini in the case, in spite of her seemingly obvious position as a key player in the arrest of Mr Green. Dame Angiolini was Lord Advocate at the time of Mr Green’s arrest in Aberdeen during February 2010, and was linked by several Scots law publications to the Hollie Greig case when the allegations of abuse were initially reported to Grampian Police several years ago.
Reporting on the background of the case, Robert Green was arrested by Police on 12th February 2010 in relation to a breach of the peace alleged to have been committed in Aberdeen when Mr Green attempted to hand out leaflets regarding the anti-abuse campaign. It was also revealed the then Lord Advocate, now Dame Elish Angiolini had employed private law firm Levy McRae to serve interdicts on Mr Green in connection with his campaign to ‘out’ alleged abusers of downs syndrome victim Hollie Greig. Glasgow law firm Levy McRae who later represented shamed former Glasgow City Council Boss & Cocaine addict Steven Purcell, proceeded to threaten several media outlets & journalists over their reporting of the case, covered by Scottish Law Reporter HERE & HERE. The Purcell scandal caused some newspapers to ‘evaluate’ their relationship with Levy McRae, details of which were featured in a report here : HERE
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill worked at same law firm used by then Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini in interdict case. As details of the case began to be reported in the wider press, it emerged the Scottish Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill has personal links to LEVY MCRAE, the law firm employed by the then Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini in legal action against Mr Green. Mr MacAskill has made no comment on the fact he served his apprenticeship at Levy McRae and also worked at the firm for a considerable time during his years as a solicitor before he entered politics, while he is thought to have backed Dame Angiolini in her actions at the time. The revelations were reported by Scottish Law Reporter at the time, HERE.
The now record costs of the Crown Office’ prosecution of Robert Green for a single Breach of the Peace, dubbed by legal insiders a “Three year private vendetta bankrolled by taxpayers against Robert Green & abuse victims” were revealed when Scottish Law Reporter earlier reported pre-trial costs had already risen to around HALF A MILLION POUNDS, after factoring in the expenses of all previous hearings and work by the Crown Office, Police, several other public bodies & legal aid.
Dame Angiolini was unable to be reached for comment.