Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell arrested by Police for SNP finances

Police Scotland has arrested Nicola Sturgeon’s husband, Peter Murrell, as part of an investigation into the SNP’s finances.

Until last month, the 58-year-old was the party’s chief executive.

Police Scotland and the Crown Office are looking into how £600,000 in SNP donations were spent.

According to a Police Scotland statement, “a 58-year-old man was arrested as a suspect today, Wednesday, 5 April 2023, in connection with the ongoing investigation into the funding and finances of the Scottish National Party.”

“The man is in custody and is being questioned by Police Scotland detectives.

“Officers are also carrying out searches at a number of addresses as part of the investigation.

“A report will be sent to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

“The matter is active for the purposes of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the public are therefore advised to exercise caution if discussing it on social media.

Officers are also conducting searches at various addresses as part of the investigation.

Murrell resigned as chief executive during the leadership election to replace his wife as SNP leader, claiming he had become a “distraction” to the contest.

There had been concerns about his leadership of the party, and on top of the ongoing police investigation into the SNP’s finances, there had been outrage after journalists were given bogus membership numbers.

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