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Leading Scottish women’s rights campaigner Marion Millar has been officially charged with a hate crime with “aggravating factors,” over three tweets she allegedly posted in 2019 and 2020. The case exemplifies the chilling effect of trans rights legislation on free speech. Millar, a business-owning accountant from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, was charged with an offense under the Malicious Communications Act 2003 section 127. The charge is currently under consideration by prosecuting authorities with an initial court hearing listed for July 20. She will be represented by Joanna Cherry. On June 3, Marion Millar was arrested and charged at Coatbridge police station. She was interviewed for two hours, had her DNA sampled, and her fingerprints and pictures taken before being released on bail with conditions, to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on July 20. Women’s rights campaigners were waiting outside to support Millar during her police station ordeal, many wearing T-shirts with the #WomenWontWheesht hashtag which she promotes. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison, and her autistic twins will have to somehow do without her for that time.

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