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Lord arrested after air incident
Lord Fraser
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie is a former lord advocate
A former lord advocate has been charged with disorderly conduct on an aircraft which landed at Dundee Airport.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, who was Scotland's top law officer, has been charged with a breach of the Air Navigation Order 2005.

He led the inquiry into the Scottish Parliament building project and the Lockerbie bombing prosecution.

It is understood officers interviewed him at the airport on Tuesday night, after a flight from London landed.

The Crown Office confirmed it was considering a police report after Lord Fraser was charged with the equivalent of breach of the peace while in the air.

It is understood the 61-year-old was taken to police headquarters in Dundee.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Crown counsel have considered a report from Tayside Police in this matter and have instructed further inquiries before any decision is taken on proceedings."

It was later confirmed that Lord Fraser had been charged with a breach of Article 78 of the Air Navigation Order 2005, which related to "acting in a disruptive manner".

Tayside Police officers were called to the airport to meet the ScotAirways flight which had been scheduled to arrive just after 2100 GMT.

Criminal investigation

They apparently received reports of disruptive behaviour by a passenger on the flight.

Flights between London and Dundee had been disrupted throughout the day on Tuesday because of fog.

A spokesman for ScotAirways said: "Any incidents on aircraft are taken very seriously and are subject to investigation."

Cambridge and Edinburgh University-educated Lord Fraser, whose first name is Peter, has led an eventful life, both in politics and as a senior legal official.

In his former role as lord advocate - Scotland's top prosecutor - he issued the indictment against two Libyans charged with the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in what was Scotland's biggest criminal investigation.

He was first elected to parliament as MP for Angus in 1979.

Lord Fraser at Holyrood
Lord Fraser investigated Holyrood's spiralling costs

Margaret Thatcher appointed him as solicitor general for Scotland in 1982, he became lord advocate in 1989 and was also made a life peer.

In 1998, Lord Fraser, as deputy leader of the Conservatives in the House of Lords, quit in protest after then party leader William Hague sacked Lords leader Viscount Cranborne in a dispute over the retention of hereditary peers.

He has perhaps become best known for presiding over the official inquiry into the massive costs of, and delays in building, the Scottish Parliament.

He famously proclaimed that, with the exception the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body accepting some responsibility for increased costs, "the ancient walls of the Canongate echoed only to the cry of It wis'nae me!".

Lord Fraser has also backed the idea of an independent Scotland, writing in a Sunday newspaper recently that: "Scotland could certainly stand on its own two feet."


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