Former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MP has today (Tuesday) renewed his calls for a shake up in the powers of the Lord Advocate. In a statement Mr MacAskill, ALBA MP for East Lothian said:
“This latest development in the complaint against the SNP just accelerates the need for change in the Lord Advocates powers.
“The Chinese walls and recusal by the Lord Advocate from considering the case are entirely inadequate and are widely seen as such.
“The post of Lord Advocate being senior Scottish Government legal advisor and chief prosecutor is no longer sustainable.
“This goes to the heart of our democracy and our justice system. To protect the integrity in the former we must have change in the latter.
“The need to separate the posts is long overdue and is now essential or Justice can’t be seen to be done.”