The SPL Independent Commission investigating oldco Rangers for various alleged rule breaches which was scheduled to re-convene next week under Lord Nimmo Smith looks as if it will need to be postponed.
Rod McKenzie, the partner in Harper MacLeod, who was to present the SPL case against Rangers, was injured in a fatal road traffic accident last week. Whilst he is understood to be on the road to recovery, and I wish him the speediest recuperation, it means that he is highly unlikely to be able to appear for the SPL next week.
Harper MacLeod could seek to replace him, but this close to the hearing that would not normally be seen as wise on the firm’s part.
Of course any application for an adjournment would require the approval of the Commission. Normally too there would be the chance for the other party in the hearing to make representations too.
However, as Rangers have declined to participate in a “kangaroo court” then they won’t have anyone there to make these presentations, and, having said that they do not recognise the proceedings at all, it would be difficult to argue that there was any prejudice in a delay.
Of course at the previous preliminary hearing the Commission tested the arguments of the SPL fully, even in the absence of an opponent for Mr McKenzie.
However, even if the Commission thought is was possible, I suspect that they would not wish to consider the case, including the examination of witnesses, in the absence of representation for all parties!
One side-effect of a postponement would be that the re-convened hearing would likely fall after the issue of the Big Tax Case judgement. There is the possibility that that will disclose further evidence damning to Rangers, or of course that it might be full of testimony helpful to them.
We just have to wait and see!
Posted by Paul McConville