Nicola Sturgeon, former leader of Scotland, has been arrested as part of a financial investigation
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Sturgeon has been arrested in connection with a police investigation into the Scottish National Party’s funding.

Nicola Sturgeon, the former leader of Scotland, has been arrested in relation to an investigation into financial irregularities within the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Police Scotland released a statement on Sunday confirming the arrest of a 52-year-old woman who is a suspect in the ongoing probe into the funding and finances of the SNP. British media have identified the arrested individual as Nicola Sturgeon.

The woman is currently in police custody and is undergoing questioning by detectives, according to the police statement.

In response to the arrest, a spokesperson for Nicola Sturgeon stated that she has consistently expressed her willingness to cooperate with the investigation if requested, and she continues to do so.

This arrest marks the third in the ongoing probe, which is causing significant ripples within Scotland’s political landscape. Previously, Peter Murrell, Sturgeon’s husband and the former chief executive of the SNP, was arrested in April as part of the investigation.

Murrell has faced long-standing inquiries regarding the alleged misdirection of £600,000 ($754,000) in SNP donations, which were intended to support the party’s campaign for Scottish independence.

Furthermore, it has been revealed that Peter Murrell neglected to disclose a personal loan exceeding £100,000 ($125,700) to the SNP, potentially violating laws regarding transparency in political funding. However, he was released without charge while awaiting further investigation.

Colin Beattie, the party treasurer, was another individual who was arrested in April but was subsequently released.

Nicola Sturgeon concluded her tenure as the first minister of Scotland in March, following her earlier announcement of her intention to step down.

The arrest of Nicola Sturgeon poses a significant embarrassment for the Scottish National Party (SNP), as the party actively advocates for the dissolution of Scotland’s longstanding political union with England, which has lasted for three centuries.

According to an SNP spokesperson, the party acknowledges that the issues surrounding the investigation are currently under active police scrutiny. The SNP has been fully cooperating with the investigation and will continue to do so. As a result, it is deemed inappropriate to publicly comment or address specific issues while the investigation is still ongoing.

During Murrell’s arrest, police conducted an extensive search of the couple’s residence in Glasgow, which was cordoned off with blue and white police tape.

Sturgeon, who held the position of Scotland’s longest-serving leader in its semi-autonomous government, surprised the political sphere with her announcement of resignation in February. She cited her increasing divisiveness as a hindrance to leading the country toward independence.

Recognizing the challenges of her role, Sturgeon expressed during her departure that she felt unable to devote the necessary level of energy required for the demanding job.

“I am not only a politician but also a human being,” she remarked.

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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