Nicola Sturgeon and her husband will have to give evidence under oath to Alex Salmond inquiry

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Mr Salmond won a judicial review last year when Scotland’s highest civil court found that the way the Scottish Government investigation was handled was unlawful.

The case was abandoned on the eve of a Court of Session hearing after the government admitted it had breached its own guidelines by appointing an investigating officer who had “prior involvement” with two civil servants who had made complaints.

The SNP administration he once led paid him £512,250 of taxpayers’ money to cover his legal costs after the judge Lord Pentland ruled the inquiry was “procedurally unfair” and “tainted with apparent bias”.

The committee’s inquiry into the debacle was suspended when Mr Salmond was charged with sexual offences, but it was kickstarted after he was cleared.

In March this year, he was cleared of 13 sexual offences by a jury following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

MSPs will likely investigate three meetings between Ms Sturgeon and her former mentor, including two at her home, and two phone calls they held.

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