Scottish courts has rejected a legal bid to force legislators to investigate Donald Trumps purchase of its two award-winning golf facilities in the country.
The nation’s top prosecutor will now have to decide whether to continue an investigation into how the former president paid for his Trump Turnberry course in 2014, and Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen eight years earlier.
The New York-based human rights organization Avaaz had argued that the Scottish Government should have launched an inexplicable wealth order investigation into how the deals were financed.
But in one written judgment released on Thursday, Judge Craig Sandison ruled that Scottish ministers had acted lawfully when they refused to take the investigation.
“I want to make it clear that I do not express any views on the question of whether [criminal law] “The requirements were or seemed to be met in the case of President Trump,” Judge Sandison wrote.
“Furthermore, for something yet to be seen, Scottish ministers can still make a UWO application in relation to President Trump’s Scottish assets.”
The case will now fall to Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain to decide whether to continue a criminal investigation.
Mr. Trump paid $ 60 million in cash to buy Trump Turnberry in 2014, a deal that attracted attention during his presidency when his finances were scrutinized by the press.
The self-described “King of Debt” had built his business empire by borrowing money through opaque financial deals.
But in the nine years leading up to his election as president, Trump spent $ 400 million in cash on new real estate, including buying 14 real estate directly without borrowing a cent from any bank. Washington Post reported 2018.
Avaaz called on Scottish and US governments to investigate the origins of Trump’s millions in spending.
The Scottish Green Party also demanded an inexplicable wealth regime in Trump’s finances BBC reported.
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was up to the courts to decide whether to buy the two golf courses.
But former Justice Minister Humza Yousaf opposed Sturgeon, saying the government had jurisdiction over an inexplicable investigation into wealth orders.
Avaaz, who is pursuing a similar lawsuit against Trump in the United States, that is appealed to the district court, ScotlandSupreme Civil Court, which ruled that the government did not need to act.
Thursday’s ruling means that the politically charged case will be sent back to Bain, who is the equivalent of a justice minister in Scotland.
After the decision. Avaaz’s legal director Nick Flynn said it was time for a full investigation.
“The law may have been clarified, but a cloud of suspicion still hangs over Trump’s purchase of Turnberry,” he said in a statement.
“By any means, the threshold for seeking a UWO to investigate the purchase has easily passed. Lord Advocate should take urgent action in the interests of the rule of law and transparency and demand a clear explanation of where the $ 60 million used to buy Turnberry came from,” he said.
The Trump Scotland Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment The independent.
Erik Trump has previously described the inquiry as “pathetic” and said it would discourage foreign investment.