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S5W-11334: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-10992 by James Wolffe QC on 24 August 2017, for what reason the Crown Office decided against prosecuting the football supporters from the Netherlands who were accused of assault and vandalism in Glasgow in November 2015 in favour of them being prosecuted in the Netherlands.

Answered by: James Wolffe QC 3 October 2017

This case was fully investigated by Police Scotland and COPFS. After liaison with the Dutch authorities and full consideration of all the facts and circumstances, a report was submitted for Crown Counsel’s consideration and a decision made that the Dutch authorities would be best placed to deal with this matter. The work with the Dutch authorities is presently underway with a view to the transfer of this case.

The approach which is taken to cases such as the decision making in circumstances such as this case have been clearly set out in previous answer to question S5W- 10517 on 24 August 2017

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