The Jury found Alex Salmond not guilty of the 12 cases of sexual assault charges against him. Salmond was accused of sexual abuse during his time as First Minister of Scotland.
The trial took place over 2 weeks, and the jury consisted of 8 women and 5 men. The decision was made after a 6-hour consideration by the jury.
The women who accused Alex Salmond of sexual assault only came forward about the sexual assault in 2017, when First Minister Sturgeon reacted to the #MeToo movement.
Salmond said he had never had non-consensual sexual relations in his life. He thanked his legal team for being there for him and said that his faith in the Scottish legal system was reinforced.
Salmond added that the nightmare he is going through is nothing compared to what the world is facing right now, he added that the public should go home and take care of their families if it is possible.
Alex Salmond was replaced as the first minister by Nicola Sturgeon. Salmond was the first minister during May 2007 and November 2014.
As the verdict was read Alex Salmond reacted by not reacting at all. All he did was thank the judge, then calmly walked out of the courtroom after the Jury told him can go. After each day Salmond would make a joke and share hand sanitiser with a security officer, then walking out with a smile on his face.
Article submitted by Chante, Structured, Edited And Corrected By Charles Watson