BBC Scotland has learned that the trial of former Prime Minister Alex Salmond for several charges of attempted rape and sexual assault will only begin at the end of January at the earliest.
Mr. Salmond was charged with 14 offenses on January 24 of this year.
They include two charges of attempted rape, nine of sexual assault, two of indecent assault and breach of peace.
He firmly denies all the allegations against him.
BBC Scotland understands that the indictment should not be served until October, with the initial hearing scheduled for 18 November.
The trial should then open before a High Court jury by the end of January.
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Mr Salmond was the prime minister of Scotland between 2007 and 2014, when he retired as a result of the referendum on independence.
Police opened an investigation following a Scottish government investigation into sexual harassment complaints against him.
Mr. Salmond brought legal proceedings against the government over how he handled his investigation, claiming that he had been treated unfairly – the government later conceded that his procedures had failed.
The political career of Alex Salmond
- He was twice head of the SNP and led the party to the government at Holyrood in 2007.
- Mr Salmond stepped down after the referendum on the independence of Scotland in 2014, his former MP Nicola Sturgeon taking his place at Bute House.
- He returned to Westminster as a Member of Parliament the following year, but lost his seat in the 2017 presidential election
- Mr. Salmond has since worked as a broadcaster on the Russian RT network.
- He left the SNP in his lawsuit against the Scottish Government in 2018