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Mr Salmond has previously spent more than £103,000 going to the Court of Session twice to prevent this newspaper seeing details of the SNP’s local income tax plans.
Humza Yousef, the Scottish External Affairs Minister, said the previous Labour and Lib Dem administration took five FOI cases to court at a cost of £30,000.
Drew Smith, Scottish Labour constitution spokesman, said: “It’s outrageous that the SNP has used public funds in an attempt to hide the truth ahead of the referendum.
“They’re increasingly fond of using public funds for their own vanity projects, from trips to the golf, tartan trews and now to deceive on the constitution." John Lamont, the Scottish Tory Chief Whip, added: “If they fail to tell voters what their legal basis is for an independent Scotland being part of the EU, it could result in yet another expensive court case.” The row originated with a FOI request by Catherine Stihler, a Labour MEP, who asked ministers in 2011 about the legal advice they held on a separate Scotland’s EU status.
He only decided to reimburse the taxpayer after this newspaper tabled a request under the FOI Act in March this year that would have disclosed the purchase.
However, he spent nearly seven months trying to keep secret the date of repayment.