The police investigation involving Nicola Sturgeon’s husband is “transferring on” with prosecutors to obtain a file inside weeks, Scotland’s most senior officer has advised Sky Information.

The previous first minister and SNP chief’s partner, Peter Murrell, has been charged in reference to embezzlement of get together funds.

In her first interviews since taking up the UK’s second greatest police pressure, Chief Constable Jo Farrell insisted her officers are “goal” however refused to be drawn on whether or not the long-running probe will finish imminently.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Branchform, was launched in July 2021 after officers acquired complaints about how SNP donations have been used.

There have been questions on greater than £660,000 raised for a second Scottish independence referendum marketing campaign.

Peter Murrell
Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell, who have been each arrested as a part of Police Scotland’s Operation Branchform. Pic: PA

Police Scotland has stated Nicola Sturgeon stays beneath investigation after she was arrested and launched with out cost in 2023.

The SNP’s former treasurer, Colin Beattie, was additionally detained for nearly 12 hours for questioning in spring final 12 months.

The 72-year-old has advised Sky Information he had heard “nothing in any respect” from police lately.

Murrell, 59, was chief govt of the SNP for 20 years.

He give up the function weeks earlier than his arrest and resigned his SNP membership within the wake of his police cost.

The probe has concerned detectives seizing a £100,000 motorhome from exterior the house of one in all Murrell’s aged kinfolk.

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Officers concluded in April there may be ample proof to cost Murrell in reference to embezzlement of get together funds.

The subsequent stage is for Scotland’s prosecution service, the Crown Workplace, to obtain a report on the case from police and determine whether or not to proceed to courtroom.

A Crown Workplace spokesman stated: “All (of) Scotland’s prosecutors act independently of political interference.

“As is routine, to guard the integrity of ongoing investigations, we don’t remark intimately on their conduct.”

Chief Con Farrell was questioned by Sky Information about why the investigation was taking so lengthy to conclude.

Jo Farrell, Police Scotland's chief constable
Chief Constable Jo Farrell described the investigation as ‘advanced’

She stated: “It is a stay investigation, advanced investigation and the matter has been progressed, and we count on the report back to go to the Crown Workplace in a matter of weeks.”

Requested about this probe persevering with in a common election 12 months, she stated: “We have investigated allegations. That is transferring on.

“Now we have very expert, skilled, goal people engaged on that case.”

The senior officer refused to say when the SNP probe can be absolutely concluded or whether or not different people would face additional questions.

“I am not going to make a commentary on the size of it. One individual’s been charged, the report will go to the Crown Workplace and it is a stay investigation,” she stated.

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Ms Sturgeon unexpectedly introduced her resignation as SNP chief and first minister of Scotland months earlier than police arrested her and her husband.

She has at all times insisted the probe by no means performed any half in her sudden departure from workplace.


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