Man banned from area to stand as MSP
CANDIDATE TO CONTEST ABERDEEN SEAT DESPITE ORDER STOPPING HIM ENTERING CITY AND SHIRE
A man who is banished from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will stand as a candidate for the city in the Scottish elections.
Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers member Robert Green will fight to become MSP for Aberdeen Central in May – despite a court order prohibiting him from entering the city.
Green, 64, campaigns on behalf of the mother of Hollie Greig, 30, a woman with Down’s syndrome who claims she was sexually assaulted by a paedophile ring in Aberdeen.
But two police investigations have found no evidence to support the claims.
In last year’s general election Green stood for the Aberdeen South constituency, polling 138 votes as Anne Begg held the seat for Labour.
Green, of 4 Birchdale Road, Warrington, Cheshire, appeared at Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterdaywhere his hopes to become an Aberdeen MSP were revealed.
He appeared in court accused of conducting a “campaign of harassment” against a group of individuals who, he claims, were involved with the ring and were complicit in murder.
He is alleged to have sent out letters, leaflets, e-mails, made telephone calls and placed adverts on the internet and in newspapers and been involved in radio broadcasts and internet discussions, stating that nearly 20 people were involved – including a serving Scottish sheriff and a senior Grampian Police officer, who is now dead.
Green is also accused of alleging that evidence and an inquiry have been suppressed. The charge alleges this has caused alarm and upset those named by Green.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between June 1, 2009, and December 7, 2010, in the Ferryhill, Bridge of Don, Bieldside and Woodside areas of Aberdeen as well as in Edinburgh and Warrington. He also faces four breach of bail charges.
He appeared at Stonehaven Sheriff Court yesterday for the latest hearing regarding the charges.
After the hearing, Sheriff Patrick Davies released Green on bail with conditions attached. He is not allowed to have contact with any witnesses in the case or allowed to discuss the allegations he has made about the alleged paedophile ring. A third condition bars him from entering the city or shire.
Representing Green, solicitor advocate Gerald Sweeney said: “To exclude anyone from any part of the UK in case they do anything unlawful goes against everything this court should stand for. His intention is to stand for election as an MSP (in Aberdeen).”
He argued that his client has no criminal record, had attended all court dates and should be freed without bail.
He described the special conditions of bail as “using a jackhammer to crack a nut”.
However, Sheriff Davies attached the three conditions.
Outside court, Green said he would appeal against the decision to not allow him access to Aberdeen.
Green will face trial in June. The trial is expected to last for around five days.
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