Sir David Murray takes legal action after Rangers tax-case victory

Sir David Murray

Sir David Murray

Former Rangers chairman Sir David Murray has instructed his legal advisers to submit a complaint to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service over the publication of information relating to his tax affairs.

Last week, “oldco” Rangers won an appeal in principle against a bill from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over their use of Employment Benefit Trusts (EBTs) from 2001 to 2010.

Details of the payments to staff and players had emerged on the internet and in a BBC Scotland documentary, Rangers – The Men Who Sold The Jerseys.

In a statement, Levy & McRae said: “Sir David regards such
information as private and confidential and the publication of such information as unlawful.

“He has asked that this matter is investigated and that anyone found guilty of breaching the law is the subject of prosecution.”

Last week, a spokesperson from Murray International Holdings (MIH), which were majority shareholders of Rangers until May 2011, before the club was sold to former owner Craig Whyte for £1, said: “It is disgraceful that personal information relating to employees and former employees of MIH and its subsidiaries has been banded about in public in such a casual manner.

“There were only three potential sources of the complete set of documentation utilised in the broadcast and correspondence; being MIH’s head office, the First Tier Tax Tribunal and HMRC, together with their respective advisers.”

BBC Scotland, HMRC and
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals all declined to comment today.


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