The husband of former first minister Nicola Sturgeon has been arrested regarding an examination concerning Scottish Public Party funds.
After being taken into police custody on Wednesday morning, 58-year-old Peter Murrell is currently being questioned.
As part of the investigation, officers, according to Police Scotland, were conducting searches at several addresses.
Mr Murrell surrendered as the party’s CEO last month, a post he had held starting around 1999.
Since 2010, he has been married to Ms. Sturgeon.
Last month, Ms. Sturgeon resigned as first minister, and Humza Yousaf took her place last week.
It was, according to the new first minister, “a difficult day” for the SNP.
Mr. Yousaf stated, Evidently, I am unable to comment on a current police investigation.
“However, what I will say is that the SNP has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so,” the SNP spokesperson stated.
He went on to say that the party had agreed to conduct a review of transparency and governance.
Mr. Murrell’s and Ms. Sturgeon’s homes in Glasgow and the SNP headquarters in Edinburgh have both seen police activity.
According to Police Scotland, Ms. Sturgeon was present when officers arrived at the residence at 07:35 to arrest her husband.
By 10:00 there were 10 formally dressed officials positioned external the couple’s confined property, alongside three police vehicles.
A tent was set up on the driveway and blue and white tape was used to seal the house. Things were brought from the house to the tent, where the BBC comprehends a vehicle was left.
A police photographer took pictures, and officers looked at a laptop as they searched a small shed and storage box in the back garden.
There was no sign of anyone inside the property, and the blinds and curtains were still drawn.
In the meantime, officers were seen entering the SNP HQ with green crates and other equipment as at least six marked police vehicles were parked outside.
Two vans left the city center building in the afternoon, while officers remained outside.
After receiving complaints regarding the use of donations, Police Scotland launched a formal investigation into the SNP’s finances in July 2021.
Concerning the party’s use of funds for a new referendum campaign on independence, questions had been raised.
Seven people filed complaints, and after discussions with prosecutors, a probe was launched.
She stated that the independence campaign would receive “every penny” of funds raised through online crowdfunding campaigns.
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