Mon 1 Feb, 2021

The Scottish Greens will bring an opposition debate – and vote – to parliament on Wednesday calling on the Scottish Government to seek an unexplained wealth order in relation to Donald Trump’s acquisition of golf courses.

As reported in the Scotsman today serious concerns have been raised for some time about how the former president funded the cash purchases of his courses in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire. Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, has previously raised the matter with the First Minister who has dodged responsibility, however a new legal opinion provided by QC Aidan O’Neill suggests that the First Minister and her government are responsible in this matter.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“The Scottish Government has tried to avoid the question of investigating Donald Trump’s wealth for far too long. There are serious concerns about how Trump financed the cash purchases of his Scottish golf courses, but no investigation has ever taken place.

“New legal advice shows that it is for the First Minister and her government to seek an unexplained wealth order. Nicola Sturgeon’s claims that it has nothing to do with her have been shown to be untrue.

“It’s long past time the Scottish Government demonstrated that Scotland cannot be a country where anyone with the money can buy whatever land and property they want, no questions asked. That’s why I’m bringing this vote to the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government must seek an unexplained wealth order to shine a light on Trump’s shadowy dealings.”

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