Glasgow & West Scotland

Craig Whyte: Full statement

After BBC Scotland uncovered evidence that the Rangers owner Craig Whyte may have lied in court, his spokesman issued this response.

"These accusations, which are simply a variation on what the BBC already alleged in a documentary riddled with inaccuracies and falsehoods and broadcast last year, are defamatory and clearly form part of a concerted campaign by the BBC to embarrass Craig Whyte personally and to damage Rangers Football Club. This is clearly a witch-hunt by the BBC.

"In specific terms, Mr Whyte totally refutes the scurrilous allegation that he may have committed perjury in a court of law in December last year. The responses he gave to questions relating to matters that took place some 17 years ago were given truthfully and to the best of his recollection.

"In relation to Re-Tex, Mr Whyte repeats that he was not a director of this company and did not at any time have financial control over the company. His only relationship with the company was either as an investor or as a lender.

"The further allegation that he was involved in share issue arrangements on behalf of Re-Tex is again both false and defamatory.

"In the BBC's documentary last year, the accusation was made that Mr Whyte could have been guilty of criminal activity. Yet, neither before nor since the broadcast, has there been any criminal investigation into any aspect of Mr Whyte's business dealings.

"This renewed attack by the BBC, as with matters that were aired by the BBC last year, are in the hands of Mr Whyte's lawyers and will be contested robustly.

"There has been no offer by the BBC to provide any documentary proof in support of their accusations.

"Mr Whyte is in no doubt that this latest attack is part of a concerted campaign to damage both him and Rangers FC and follows the decision by the club to withdraw co-operation with the corporation. This was as a result of the documentary broadcast last year which also made a series of false and defamatory claims."

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