Peter Murrell, Nicola Sturgeon’s husband and the former head of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has been arrested as part of a probe into the party’s finances.
Police Scotland said that they are holding a 58-year-old man in custody as part of an investigation into how the party got its money.
Officers are also looking for Mr. Murrell at his home and at the SNP’s headquarters in Edinburgh. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service will get a report.
A spokesman for the police said: “Detectives from Police Scotland have taken the man into custody and are questioning him.”
As part of the investigation, police officers are also searching a number of homes.
Detectives have put up a police tent outside Mr. Murrell’s home in Glasgow as a place to keep evidence.
What Are People Saying About the Arrest?
The SNP said in a statement: “Obviously, it wouldn’t be right to talk about a police investigation that is still going on, but the SNP has been and will continue to help with this investigation in every way.”
“At its meeting on Saturday, the SNP’s governing body, the NEC, agreed to a review of governance and transparency, which will be done in the coming weeks.”
Jackie Baillie, who is the deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party, asked Nicola Sturgeon and the new leader of the SNP, Humza Yousaf, to say something about the arrest.
The tweet below shows the statement from the police:
Statement on investigation into Scottish National Party funding and finances – man arrested.
More: https://t.co/pkRjeRw965 pic.twitter.com/trzldKh7ZT
— Police Scotland (@PoliceScotland) April 5, 2023
She said, “This is a very worrying turn of events, and the Police Scotland investigation must be left alone to do its job.”
She went on to say, “Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf need to tell us right away what they knew and when.”
During the recent campaign for the SNP’s top job, Mr. Murrell, who is 58 years old, gave up his position as chief executive.
Police have been looking into how money meant for campaigns for Scottish independence was spent.
In 2010, Mr. Murrell got married to Ms.
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