Salmond appears in court ahead of trial next month

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Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has made a further court appearance ahead of his trial next month over attempted rape and sexual assault charges.

The hearing at the High Court in Glasgow follows previous court appearances in Edinburgh in November and January, when he denied all 14 charges against him.

Details of the hearing cannot be reported for legal reasons.

High Court Glasgow
The hearing took place at the High Court in Glasgow (Jane Barlow/PA)

Salmond, 65, faces charges of offences against 10 women and is due to stand trial in March.

He is accused of attempting to rape a woman at Bute House, the official residence of the first minister of Scotland, in June 2014 during the independence referendum campaign.

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The former first minister is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman with intent to rape in December 2013.

Overall, the charges span from 29 June 2008 to 11 November 2014 – two months after he stepped down as first minister and SNP leader.

He is accused of two indecent assaults and 10 sexual assaults, an attempted rape and a sexual assault with intent to rape, all of which he denies.

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