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US Senate report to be part of Scottish rendition flight investigation

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has today instructed Police Scotland to consider the U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation as part of the ongoing police investigation into rendition flights.

Clutha Helicopter Crash: Information

A Police Scotland helicopter crashed onto the busy Clutha bar in Glasgow on 29 November 2013, killing 10 people.

Immediately following the incident meetings were held between the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC  and the Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC and the Chief Inspector and Deputy Chief Inspector of Air Accidents at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to underline the need for them to carry out a through and speedy investigation in close liaison with the Crown.   

An investigation by Police Scotland under the direction of the Crown into the cause of the crash is underway. However, the AAIB inquiry is responsible for the safety part of the investigation to establish the cause of the crash and we must have this information before we can complete our investigation.

Crown Office sets out social media prosecution policy

We have launched written policy guidance on communications sent via social media, to provide clarity on when such communications will amount to criminal conduct. 

The guidance is published to ensure there is absolute clarity both in terms our approach and the difference between criminal and non-criminal communications.

Convicted drug dealer loses £70,000 of illegal earnings

At Dumfries Sheriff Court today, Mohammed Shikari from Dundee, was made subject to a confiscation order for £70,000.

In 2012 he plead guilty to involvement in the supply of cannabis. Proceeds of Crime proceedings were then initiated against him and he was unable to account for £70,000. The funds recovered will be re-invested in the community by Scottish Ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.

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Lord Advocate and Solicitor General to remain as Law Officers

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has asked the Law Officers to remain as Ministers in the Scottish Government following today’s Cabinet reshuffle.

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC and the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, are both delighted to continue in their roles.

The Lord Advocate is the ministerial head of COPFS, leading the system of criminal prosecutions and investigation of deaths, and as a Minister of the Scottish Government, acts as its principal legal adviser. The Solicitor General is his deputy and assists him in carrying out his functions.

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Global investigation into money laundering

An investigation into international money laundering by the COPFS Economic Crime Unit that spanned eight years and six countries, and which led to the conviction and imprisonment of a Denny woman, has today culminated in a confiscation order for £470,000.

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Human Trafficking Summit communiqué

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, hosted a Human Trafficking Summit at the Scottish Parliament today.

This was the first meeting to be attended by all of the heads of the prosecution services for the UK and Ireland. Attending with the Lord Advocate were the Directors of Public Prosecutions for England & Wales, Northern Ireland. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Ireland attended the summit as an observer and participated in the discussion. Also present was the Advocate General for Scotland, the Right Honourable Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC representing the UK Government.


Human Trafficking Summit communique

COPFS welcomes Stonewall Scotland to discuss supporting LGBT staff

COPFS was pleased to welcome Stonewall Scotland and guests to the Scottish Prosecution College in Glasgow today.

The "Diversity Champions" seminar discussed the role that managers can play in supporting LGBT staff and fostering a diverse team. Our Equality Champion Ruth McQuaid opened the event, and spoke about the work done recently in COPFS to educate managers about how they can more effectively support LGBT staff.

COPFS looks to the future criminal justice workforce

COPFS is working with schools on new teaching materials to encourage young people to consider future careers in criminal justice.

Our role in your community - new free resource

A new Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service DVD resource has been created as a free aid to explain: the role and responsibilities; the processes and practices; and the day to day duties of Scottish prosecutors.