Two convicted killers from the Lothians have launched a legal challenge to overturn the ban on jailed offenders voting in next year’s independence referendum.
Murderers Andrew Gillon and Leslie Moohan maintain they want to vote in the poll on the independence issue.
They allege that the provisions of legislation preventing them taking part in the ballot are incompatible with their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Gillon was jailed for a minimum of 12 years after he was convicted of hacking a man to death in Bathgate in 1998.
Moohan was jailed for at least 15 years in 2008 after he murdered an Edinburgh man and hid his body under a bed in a city guest house.
The Lord Advocate maintains that the claims that the provisions of the legislation are incompatible with human rights and contrary to the requirements of EU law are misconceived. He says that the inmates’ claims are “misconceived” and that they should be refused.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We do not believe prisoners should be able to vote while in prison.”