• April 7, 2016

There is renewed focus on the mystery surrounding the death of SNP member and environmental campaigner Willie MacRae over thirty years after his death.

MacRae’s death on April 7th 1985 on a lonely Scottish road in the Highlands has long been surrounded by controversy and many people in Scotland firmly reject the official verdict that the campaigner committed suicide.

Now new information (see link below) suggests the gun which MacRae was supposed to have used to kill himself has disappeared from police evidence along with other crucial evidence about the case. It has also been revealed that the gun was not dusted for fingerprints and nor was any forensic evidence gathered at the death scene

John Finnie, a Green Party candidate for the Highlands and Islands, claims that long-standing interest in the case had always “been fuelled by a dearth of some fundamental information”. He added:

“The public will be rightly astonished that the weapon allegedly used in this case was neither fingerprinted nor subject to basic forensic examination”.

In 2007, it was first revealed that two statements were missing from the police files on the case. It is now understood that these statements were from former officers of the Northern Constabulary. And that both statements are missing from the Crown Office files on the case.

The Crown Office had evidence that the statements existed in 1985, but no explanation has been offered as to why no moves were made to secure them, or why they were ignored.

MacRae is reported to have been on the radar of British Intelligence and his house has been burgled on numerous occasions.





Image: Willie MacRae at an SNP meeting at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.


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