Crown spells out legal implications

Social media users warned about commenting on Rangers case

Charles Green courtSocial media users have been warned they could face prosecution if they make prejudicial comments about the legal proceedings now under way involving the former owners of Rangers.

The Crown Office issued a statement after Charles Green, Craig Whyte and ex-administrator David Whitehouse were charged at Glasgow Sheriff Court in connection with the acquisition of Rangers assets in 2012.

The Crown Office resorted to Twitter to remind users of the implications of commenting on the case.

It said: “Please note that the Rangers case remains live under Contempt of Court Act and nothing should be published that might prejudice the case.”

Those found guilty of contempt of court may be sent to prison.

Crown office tweet

The order came after Paul Clark attended Glasgow Sheriff Court. He worked with Whitehouse at Duff and Phelps as joint administrators of the Rangers oldco.

Clark, 54, from Surrey, is accused of an offence under Section 28 of the Criminal Justice & Licensing Act 2010 which covers serious organised crime. He also faces a charge of conspiracy and was released on bail.

Whyte, 44, Green, 62 and Whitehouse, 50, were charged with the same offences when they appeared at court on Wednesday. Green is also charged with fraud and an offence under Section 190 of the Companies Act 2006. All three were granted bail.

Whyte bought the club for £1 from Sir David Murray in May 2011 but Green acquired it from the administrator a year later.


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