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Apology – Mr Imran Ahmad and Mr Charles Green

Statement from the Lord Advocate:

"Between 2015 and 2016 Mr Imran Ahmad and Mr Charles Green were prosecuted in the High Court concerning matters associated with Rangers Football Club.

They should not have been prosecuted and, as Lord Advocate and head of the system for the prosecution of crime in Scotland, I have apologised unreservedly that they were.

I made a statement to the Scottish Parliament following the settlement of two related cases, and I said at that time that there had been profound departures from normal practice.

Lessons have been learned from what happened and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has taken steps to prevent a similar situation arising in the future.

I have given a commitment that there will be a judge-led inquiry into these matters once all relevant legal cases have concluded.

The actions by Mr Ahmad and Mr Green continue with a view to settlement of their financial claims."

James Wolffe QC

Lord Advocate