NEWLY declassified files have revealed that former Ugandan ruler and dictator Idi Amin once threatened to invade Scotland during the Commonwealth conference at Gleneagles in 1977.
Although he was banned, the Army were placed on standby to defend Glasgow and Edinburgh airports amid fears he could arrive in Scotland accompanied by at least 250 bodyguard to storm the Perthshire summit.
The bloodthirsty tyrant was dubbed the Last King of Scotland for his fondness for the country.
Bio of Idi Amin:
Idi Amin Dada (mid-1920s – 16 August 2003) was the third President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King’s African Rifles, in 1946, serving in Somalia and Kenya. Eventually, Amin held the rank of Major general in the post-colonial Ugandan Army and became its Commander before seizing power in the military coup of January 1971, deposing Milton Obote. He later promoted himself to field marshal while he was the head of state.
Amin’s rule was characterised by human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000.