TWO men have been cleared of allegations they participated in a large-scale fraud involving Rangers Football Club. 

Gary Withey, 52, and David Grier, 55, will not stand trial alongside former Rangers owner Craig Whyte, 45. The development occurred following a two-day hearing at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh. 

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Scotland’s most senior judge Lord Carloway, with colleagues Lord Bracadale and Lord Menzies, heard submissions from Mr Withey’s and Mr Grier’s legal teams. The reasons for the judges’ decision cannot be reported for legal reasons. 

HeraldScotland:

Mr Withey, of Woking, was a former partner at Collyer Bristow – the London-based law firm who advised Mr Whyte during his takeover at Rangers. 
Mr Grier, of London, worked for Duff and Phelps, the financial company which was appointed administrators of Rangers. 

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Prosecutors had alleged Mr Withey, Mr Grier and Mr Whyte participated in criminal behaviour during their involvement with the Glasgow side. 
The case is next scheduled to call at the High Court in Glasgow on June 3.