A man was arrested for comparing the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, to a Nazi in an email.
The man sent critical emails to Sturgeon because he could not attend his uncle’s funeral due to COVID-19 lockdowns she had imposed on the country.
44-year old Brian Smith was arrested by the police last week for sending a series of emails to Sturgeon criticizing her over the coronavirus restrictions.
In one email, he compared the First Minister to a Nazi and even sent a memed photo of her in a Nazi uniform.
“Nazi German lover, Sieg heil,” Smith wrote.
In another email, he said that Sturgeon was no better than Margaret Thatcher, a former Conservative Party British Prime Minister.
“My uncle died and I can’t go to the funeral f*** crap. S*** you’re just like Margaret Thatcher,” he wrote.
“You’re a f****** **** Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP stinks can definitely smell s****,” and one which described the party as “nose pickers,” read one of the emails.
The emails were sent to Sturgeon’s parliament email. The spam system trashed them to junk mail but a staffer at the Scottish Parliament opened them and reported them.
The police said Smith was being charged with telecommunications offenses and will appear in court later.
“A 44-year-old man has been charged in connection with telecommunications offences following a report that threats were received by a member of the Scottish Parliament,” a police spokesman said. “The man will appear at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court at a later date.”
The Scottish Government declined to comment.