Robert Green has made what he believes to be legal history by becoming the first person to stand for election in a constituency he is prohibited from entering.
The 64-year-old was yesterday officially registered as a candidate for Aberdeen South, having convinced ten locals to sign his nomination papers.
A self-styled "investigator" and campaigner, Mr Green is banned from the city under bail conditions imposed after he was charged with a breach of the peace earlier this year. He had been about to name some of the most influential men in the north-east of Scotland as paedophiles. Mr Green is standing as a candidate for Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers, a campaign group, and is acting as his own election agent.
"I understand that my candidacy has set legal precedent," Mr Green told The Scotsman yesterday. "I think the fact that I have finally – and against all odds – become a candidate is a minor victory for democracy."
Mr Green, based in Warrington, has several problems, however. Apart from being barred from the constituency, he is also understood to be prohibited by bail conditions from repeating allegations he has made on the internet against a number of prominent individuals in the north-east. Moreover, an Aberdeen sheriff has successfully secured an interdict preventing Mr Green from repeating allegations against him.
Mr Green, as recently as last week, appeared in private at Stonehaven Sheriff Court accused of breaching one of his bail conditions.
He yesterday claimed to have been brought to Scotland in handcuffs and forced to spend a night in police cells.
Mr Green describes himself as the "lay legal adviser" of Anne Greig, the mother of a 30-year-old woman named Hollie Greig who has made a series of allegations of rape and abuse against what she calls a paedophile ring in Aberdeen.
Police have completed a second investigation into the allegations. However, the Crown Office said earlier this year that there was not enough reliable evidence for a prosecution.
The Greigs have been campaigning for a full-scale prosecution since 2000.
Mr Green has been backing them since at least last year. He and the Greigs have since repeated their allegations on several occasions, including in radio interviews broadcast in Spain and the United States.
Their campaign claims to have 25,000 supporters online, the so-called "Hollie's Army". It is not known how many of them live in Aberdeen South. The Greigs used to live there but now reside in England.
Scottish authorities, meanwhile, are understood to be keeping a close watch on a blog associated with Mr Green. The website gives the names and addresses of people Ms Greig has accused of being part of the paedophile ring. It also published the names of other children she claims were abused, and has claimed Mrs Greig's brother Robert was murdered when he learned of the alleged crimes.