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Fraser appeal to be shown on TV

Nat Fraser at court
Nat Fraser's murder appeal follows his 2003 conviction

Television cameras will be allowed into court to film the result of Nat Fraser's appeal against his conviction for murdering his wife Arlene.

He is in prison for the murder of the 33-year-old, who disappeared 10 years ago from the Moray town of Elgin.

The appeal decision is expected to be returned next week - and BBC Scotland confirmed its cameras would be allowed into court to film the result.

The footage will not be shown live but will be broadcast on TV and online.

Atholl Duncan, head of news and current affairs, said: "We believe that in some circumstances there is a public duty to show key judgements being delivered in high profile cases.

Public gallery

"We will do this in a way that preserves the dignity of the court and responsibly reports the outcome of the case.

"As well as using excerpts on our TV and radio reports we will broadcast the judgement in its entirety on our online service.

"This allows the many people who are interested in this case, but cannot attend the courtroom, to see justice being done."

There was a ruling by the lord president in 1992 which allowed cameras in to court under certain circumstances.

Two previous appeals have allowed the TV cameras in to court.

Cameras were let in for the appeal by TC Campbell and Joe Steele, who were cleared of the "Ice Cream war" killings, and the appeal by Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.

The Fraser ruling will be made by Lord Justice Clerk Lord Gill, Lord Johnston and Lord Osbourne.

An agreement was reached to film the three judges delivering a summary of their opinion.

The reaction of Nat Fraser in the dock or members of the public in the gallery will not be filmed.

There is also an agreement that if there is any interruption from the public gallery then the microphones will be cut.

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