Legal bid to uncover Trump's Scottish golf course finances fails

Legal bid to uncover Trump's Scottish golf course finances fails

Nov 25, 2021 by BBC News - Scotland

Key Facts

  • Lawyers for human rights organisation AVAAZ argued ministers were wrong not to pursue an unexplained wealth order probe against the former US President It wanted a probe into the financing of the Menie golf course in Aberdeenshire and the Turnberry resort in Ayrshire.
  • The Scottish Green Party first called for an unexplained wealth order amid questions about how Mr Trump had managed to finance the purchases of the courses at Turnberry in 2014 and at Menie in Aberdeenshire, in 2006.
  • The then Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf later announced that Ms Sturgeon was mistaken - and that the law did allow for the Scottish government to launch an unexplained wealth order investigation.
  • In October 2021, Aidan O'Neill QC said that by looking at the legislation, the court would see that it is the Scottish ministers and not Scotland's most senior prosecutor, the Lord Advocate, who are responsible for ordering an unexplained wealth order investigation.

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