The Scottish government has paid out more than £500,000 in legal expenses to Alex Salmond over its flawed inquiry into sexual harassment claims.

The government admitted breaching its own guidelines after the former first minister challenged how allegations against him were handled.

He still faces multiple charges of attempted rape and sexual assault, which are separate to this review.

Mr Salmond denies the charges, and is expected to go on trial next year.

A spokesman for the Scottish government confirmed that a final settlement of £512,250 had been paid out for legal costs arising from the judicial review case.

A parliamentary inquiry into the handling of the internal complaints has been put on hold until the criminal case is complete.

The Scottish government inquiry was sparked after allegations against the former

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