Former First Minister Alex Salmond has been arrested in Scotland. The police confirmed the arrest of the 64-year-old politician, but did not specify what he was accused of. Today, he should be brought to trial in Edinburgh.

According to media reports, Salmonda’s arrest may be linked to charges brought against him by two employees of the administration in January last year. They said that they had been sexually harassed by the former minister in 2013.

Salmond served as Scottish’s first minister from 2007 to 2014, advocating for the country’s independence.

The Telegraph understands Mr Salmond was arrested last night, and a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a 64-year-old man has been arrested and charged and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

“Proceedings are now live under the contempt of court act.”

Speaking after First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon told reporters: “Obviously this news this morning will be a shock to many people.

“But as Police Scotland have made clear this morning these are now live criminal proceedings.

“That means now, more than ever, it would be completely inappropriate for me or anybody else for that matter to make any comment on the situation.

“I hope you, as members of the media, and indeed the wider public will understand the reasons for the fact I cannot and will not comment any further at this stage.

“It will be a shock for many people but for the reasons I’ve just outlined I’m not going to comment further.”