Scottish ministers 'misdirected' parliament, Trump judicial review told - 2021-10-26

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F290.png Scottish ministers 'misdirected' parliament, Trump judicial review told October 26, 2021, Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman

A judicial review into the Scottish Government's refusal to investigate the funding source of Donald Trump's resorts in Scotland was told that the designation of the Lord Advocate as the minister responsible for UWOs was "wholly at odds" with legislation and that "politically controverted issues" are sometimes "too hot to handle for politicians."

The review was brought by Avaaz, a US-based non-profit activism organisation, which petitioned Scotland's highest court after MSPs rejected calls to pursue an UWO against the former US president's Scottish firms.

The so-called 'McMafia' order allows authorities to target suspected corrupt foreign officials who have potentially laundered stolen money through the UK. The civil power is designed to force the owners of assets to disclose their wealth; if an official, or their family, cannot prove a legitimate source for their riches, authorities can go to court to seize property.

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{{cite news | first = Martyn | last = McLaughlin | title = Scottish ministers 'misdirected' parliament, Trump judicial review told | url = https://www.scotsman.com/news/national/scottish-ministers-misdirected-parliament-trump-judicial-review-told-3433175 | work = The Scotsman | date = October 26, 2021 | accessdate = October 29, 2021 }}