Laws in Scotland

Defamation
Defamation Act 1996
Publish or make statements that can harm the reputation of another person

Extortion
Jury Manual – Chapter 39 (Common Law Extortion)
Threaten someone to concuss them to do something

Harm
Jury Manual – Chapter 60L (Common Law Threatening and Abusive Behaviour)
Behave in an abusive or threatening manner that would make a reasonable person suffer fear or alarm, with intent or reckless disregard

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Property Damage
Section 52, Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995
Willfully or recklessly destroys or damages any property belonging to another

Jury Manual – Chapter 42 (Common law Malicious Mischief or Damage)
Destroy or damage the property of another, or interfering with it to the detriment of the owner or lawful possessor.

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Religious Discrimination
Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 – Section 6
Threaten intending to incite religious hatred (whether deemed offensive to a reasonable person)

European Convention on Human Rights: Article 9 Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

European Convention on Human Rights: Article 11 Freedom of assembly and association
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 Section 74
Offences aggravated by religious prejudice

Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 Section 25
Offences aggravated by racial or religious prejudice

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Stalking and Harassment
Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 – Section 39
Engage in a course of conduct (involving conduct on at least two separate occasions) which causes person (B) to feel fear or alarm

Protections of Freedoms Act 2012 – Section 111
Engage in behaviour that is harassing (e.g., monitoring someone’s activity on the Internet)

Protection from harassment Act 1997 – Section 8
Engage in conduct, including speech, that causes another person to feel harassed (alarmed or distressed)

Telecommunications Act of 1984; Communications Act 2003
Send a message that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another, a message known to be false or persistently making use for that purpose of a public telecommunication system

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Threats
Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 – Section 6
Threaten someone with serious harm intending to cause fear and alarm; implied threats; *whether deemed offensive to a reasonable person

Jury Manual – Chapter 51A (Common Law Threats)
Threaten someone, intending to cause fear and alarm by communicating the threat

Threats to Kill
Jury Manual – Chapter 51A (Common Law Threats)
Threaten to kill someone, intending to cause fear and alarm by communicating the threat

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