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Convicted killers bid for independence referendum vote

20 November 2013

Two convicted killers and another long-term inmate have launched a legal battle to be able to vote in next year's independence referendum.

The prisoners say a decision to exclude them is incompatible with their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and is unlawful.

Murderers Andrew Gillon and Leslie Moohan and the third inmate Gary Gibson want to vote in the independence referendum on September 18 next year.

They have launched a judicial review at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to have sections of franchise legislation for the referendum which deny them and other inmates serving prison sentences the vote set aside. Prisoners on remand will be entitled to vote in the poll.

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC is opposing the judicial review petitions brought by the prisoners and maintains that the claims are misconceived and they are not entitled to the legal remedies sought.