The contempt of court decision in the Naked Rambler case (no 697) came only  a day after a report on 6 November 2007 from Lord Carloway (at http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/opinions/CAR2510.html ) initiating contempt of court proceedings against Aamer Anwar.  Anwar came to prominence when representing the family of the late Surjit Chokhar following an unsuccessful prosecution for a racially motivated killing.  Mr Anwar has, since then, represented clients in a number of high profile contexts, recently Mohammed Atif Siddique – who was convicted of terrorism offences (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/23_10_07_siddique.pdf).   Following conviction but before sentencing Mr Anwar issued a statement from the steps of the High Court in Glasgow and appeared on various media outlets.  This statement (quoted in Lord Carloway’s report at section 3) criticised various aspects of the conduct of the case and ended with the following passage:

The prosecution was driven by the State