Dear Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (Scotland),
This freedom of information request is specifically for the justice department. I would be obliged if you could give me the following information:
- From 01 January 2011 - 30 June 2021, what is the total number of prosecutions for sectarian offences throughout Scotland?
- For the same time period, what percentage of crime in Scotland was for sectarian offences?
- For the same period, what was the total amount and percentage of sectarian offences that are attributed to anti-Catholicism?
- For the same period, what was the total amount and percentage of sectarian offences that are attributed to anti-Protestantism?
- For the same period, of the offences that are anti-Catholic in nature, how many of them involved usage of the word “fenian”?
- For the same period, of the offences that are anti-Protestant in nature, how many of them involved usage of the word “hun”?
- As July tends to be a contentious time in the west of Scotland, I’d additionally be thankful to provided with the figures and percentages of sectarian hate crime (and what terminology was used) that took place in July 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.
Should 10 years be considered a large time frame and not available under the FOI act, including refusal due to cost, I would accept a time frame for the above questions of January 2016 - 30 June 2021, with the last question applying from July 2016, July 2017 etc to 2020.
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