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Solicitor General welcomes Bill for new human trafficking law

12 Dec 2014

The Scottish Government has today introduced the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill which will introduce a specific law to combat human trafficking and exploitation for the very first time in Scotland.

The Bill will clarify and strengthen criminal law by introducing a new single human trafficking offence and increasing the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.

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US Senate report to be part of Scottish rendition flight investigation

10 Dec 2014

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has today instructed Police Scotland to consider the U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation as part of the ongoing police investigation into rendition flights.

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Crown Office sets out social media prosecution policy

04 Dec 2014

We have launched written policy guidance on communications sent via social media, to provide clarity on when such communications will amount to criminal conduct. 

The guidance is published to ensure there is absolute clarity both in terms our approach and the difference between criminal and non-criminal communications.
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