Alex Salmond: Former Scottish first minister to appear in court on charges of sexual assault and attempted rape

Stephanie Cockroft
Former Scottish first minister and pro-independence figurehead Alex Salmond arrives at court in Edinburgh on January 24, 2019 after being charged with sexual harassment: AFP/Getty Images

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond is due to appear in court on a series of sexual assault and attempted rape charges.

The preliminary hearing is to take place at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday.

Mr Salmond faced a total of 14 charges, including two counts of attempted rape, when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on January 24.

He has previously denied the allegations and said he will defend himself "to the utmost" in court.

The 64-year-old was Scotland's first minister from 2007 to 2014.

The result of the 2014 referendum - a 55 per cent to 45 per cent vote to stay in the UK - led to him stepping down as first minister and SNP leader.