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by Andrew Learmonth
28 October 2021
Crown Office drops 'hate crime' charges against feminist Marion Millar

Marion Millar (right) and supporter outside Glasgow Sheriff Court in August

Crown Office drops 'hate crime' charges against feminist Marion Millar

The Crown Office has dropped all charges against a gender critical Airdrie accountant who was arrested for hate crimes over allegedly homophobic and transphobic tweets.

Marion Millar’s lawyer welcomed the decision, saying his client believed it was a waste of taxpayers' money.

The original complaint against her alleged she directed threatening or abusive behaviour at three people, including a police officer, via social media between October and June, contrary to Section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.

The complaint said the conduct was aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Millar, who is associated with the For Women Scotland campaign group, made no plea at an initial bail hearing in August, and a further hearing set for October 4 was initially rescheduled for next Monday.

However, the Crown Office told Millar this morning that the case, subject to review, would be discontinued.  

The charges were met with an angry backlash, attracting international attention. Millar was backed by others who believe women’s rights and free speech are at risk because of moves to prioritise gender identity over biological sex in law-making and policy. 

A fundraising appeal raised thousands of pounds within hours.

Millar’s solicitor, David McKie of Levy & McRae, said: “My client is very pleased to have received confirmation that the case against her had been discontinued by the Crown.

“She had intended to defend the charge against her vigorously, had it proceeded to trial and this decision brings a very stressful period to an end. 

“In her view, it is the right decision for a whole number of reasons, not least of which is the cost to the public purse. 

“She has asked me to thank her legal team of Joanna Cherry QC, Paul Harvey and Levy & McRae. 

“Most of all, she would like to thank everyone who has supported her throughout this case including her family and friends, those who turned up at court, those who donated to her crowdfund and the many thousands who wished her well online and in person. 

“That helped her greatly during a very stressful period in her life.”

For Women Scotland said they were “pleased that sense has prevailed and we hope that future cases are considered more carefully.”

A spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said: “Those directly involved have been informed of an update in this case and there is a right to call for a review of this.

“Until any review has been completed the question of whether or not there will be a prosecution remains open.

“The Crown reserves the right to proceed and will not comment further.”


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