Campaigners claim they have new hope that the agencies responsible for monitoring Da Vinci rapist Robert Greens are attempting to negotiate his transfer to England or Wales.
Organisers behind a ‘Get Greens Out Midlothian’ campaign held talks with Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill at the Scottish Parliament last week.
Rosewell woman Kelly Parry and Sharon O’Donnell, from Newtongrange, sat alongide Mr MacAskill, local MSPs Colin Beattie and Christine Grahame, and MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements) representatives, who are responsible for monitoring Greens.
Neither Mr MacAskill, Mr Beattie or Ms Grahame were prepared to divulge details of last week’s discussions.
The official line from the Scottish Parliament was that Mr MacAskill had been “happy” to meet protesters to hear their views and that the meeting had allowed him to clarify that under the law, local agencies from Midlothian have a responsibility to manage Greens.
However, speaking to the Advertiser following Thursday’s meeting, Ms Parry claimed: “Mr MacAskill told us that he supports our cause to get Greens’ removed from Midlothian.
“Apparently he [Greens] is happy to stay where he is, however, MAPPA has assured us that it will continue to negotiate for a transfer to England or Wales.”
Read full story in the July 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.