Luxury campervan seized by police investigating SNP finances

A luxury campervan has been seized by the police as part of their investigation into the SNP. Police Scotland is currently investigating the SNP over the party’s finances. They are currently probing whether £600,000 earmarked for independence campaigning was diverted elsewhere in 2021.

The Niesmann and Bischoff motorhome was reportedly taken from a house in Fife on the day police searched the home of Nicola Sturgeon and her husband, Peter Murrell.

The campervan is thought to be worth around £110,000.

Mr Murrell was arrested on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the funding and finances of the Scottish National Party.

He was released without charge 11 hours later.

In a statement, Scottish police said: “A 58-year-old man who was arrested as a suspect earlier today, Wednesday, 5 April 2023, in connection with the ongoing investigation into the funding and finances of the Scottish National Party, has been released without charge pending further investigation.

“The matter remains active for the purposes of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the public is therefore advised to exercise caution if discussing it on social media.

“As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further.”

There has been a heavy police presence outside the home Ms Sturgeon shares with her husband this week, as well as a major police presence at the SNP’s headquarters in Edinburgh.

On Friday, it was revealed that the SNP’s accountants have resigned in what is another knock for the party.

Accountants Johnston Carmichael, which has worked with the party for more than a decade, said the decision was taken after a review of its client portfolio.

An SNP spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Johnston Carmichael will not be providing audit services to the SNP this year.

“The National Treasurer is undertaking a tendering process for alternative provision, and we have advised the Electoral Commission of that position”.

Source: Read Full Article