|Steven Nimmo (left) with Colin Fox|
Mr Nimmo was then asked if he had given evidence in the 2006 libel trial, which he said he had not and also told the court he had met Mr Sheridan at the Waverley station Burger King just before the libel case to explain he would "tell the truth" if called. When asked about Mr Sheridan's response the witness replied "not much" and that they had then went "their separate ways."
Finally Mr Prentice showed Mr Nimmo the other alleged minute of the "9/11" meeting (the "Mystery minute" as it was called by Maggie Scott QC and asked if his initials appeared on it. The witness said they did not, even though he was at the meeting. With that the Crown had no further questions and Mr Sheridan left the dock to begin his cross-examination.
Mr Sheridan began by asking Mr Nimmo a succession of questions about various people asking if they were "good honest socialists." He then moved back to the "mystery minute" and had Mr Nimmo read out each paragraph asking after each one if it was accurate. Mr Nimmo agreed it was, apart from not having any reference to the alleged admissions about the Cupids club. He then put it to the witness that the "9/11" meeting was a "Kangaroo court" and that the witness had already made up his mind before the meeting happened. The witness stated he had not. The court then rose for lunch with Mr Nimmo's cross examination to be continued.
Mr Sheridan opened after lunch by asking the witness about a statement supposedly made at the "9/11" meeting "we are being asked to participate in a cover up, in Militant no cover up" and asking if the witness recalled who said that? Mr Nimmo said he did not. He then asked the witness who the Militant were, to which Mr Nimmo replied they were "an organisation within the Labour Party" and a "Marxist organisation that was expelled from the Labour party. Mr Sheridan then asked the witness if he was aware that he himself had been a member of Militant, to which Mr Nimmo replied yes. Mr Sheridan then put it to the witness that Militant had been a "semi-clandestine organisation" and asked who else at the 9/11 meeting was a member. The witness listed 6 people who he said were.
Mr Sheridan then presented to the court the affidavit given to the Sunday Herald newspaper, supposedly by Alan McCombes. He highlighted one particular passage which read "Had he [Tommy Sheridan] not resigned we would have put certain information into the public domain which would have forced him to resign" He then finished by asking the witness if he would be surprised that all of the Executive committee members who had testified he had made admissions at the meeting "were all either full time staff, members of the United Left or both" Finally he put it to Mr Nimmo that he was "simply not telling the truth" Mr Nimmo insisted "I am telling the truth and at that Mr Sheridan ended his cross-examination.
The Advocate Depute then re-examined the witness and returned to the minute presented by Mr Sheridan (the mystery minute) and took the witness through the document and noted that it listed 18 people as attending. He then had the witness agree that as Barbara Scott could not vote and Tommy Sheridan had left the meeting their were only 16 people there that could have voted, while the minute lists the results of one ballot as 11 to 7 (ie 18 people) He then asked the Mr Nimmo if he had lied to the jury or if he would be prepared to lie to a jury "even for Tommy Sheridan" the witness stated he had not and would not. Mr Prentice then ended his questions and Mr Nimmo was excused from the court.