Nicola Sturgeon’s Husband Released By Police Over SNP Financial Investigation | UK News

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 12, 2019, Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, stands with her husband Peter Murrell as they stand outside a polling station where she arrived to fill them Ballot paper and voting in Glasgow, Scotland as the UK holds general election. - Peter Murrell, the husband of Scotland's former First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was arrested on April 5, 2023 as part of a police investigation into the finances of her Scottish National Party (SNP), British media have reported. Peter Murrell, 58, was the SNP's chief executive officer until he quit last month. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell was arrested today (Image: Getty)

Nicola Sturgeon said she had “no prior knowledge” of police plans to arrest her husband Peter Murrell.

Police later said her husband was released “without charge” after he was arrested this morning.

He was questioned by Police Scotland investigators after being arrested at 7.45am.

He was released from custody at 6:57 p.m.

As part of the investigation, officers also conducted searches at a number of addresses today.

Police said a report would be sent to the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service.

A spokesman for the former Scottish First Minister said: “It would not be appropriate to comment on a live police inquiry.

“Nicola Sturgeon had no prior knowledge of the action or Police Scotland’s intentions.

“Ms Sturgeon will fully cooperate with Police Scotland if necessary, but no such request has been made at this time.”

Police raided the SNP HQ in Edinburgh after Mr Murrell’s arrest (Image: PA)
Former First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon votes with her husband Peter Murrell (Image: Getty Images)

Police Scotland said: “A 58-year-old man was arrested today, Wednesday 5 May.

Police are investigating the party’s accounts (Image: PA)
Police have cornered the home of Peter Murrell in Uddingston, Glasgow (Image: PA)

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

“As part of the investigation, officers are also conducting searches at a number of addresses.

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