Former SNP Chief Executive Peter Murrell Arrested in Financial Investigation

Ex-SNP Chief Executive Peter Murrell Arrested Amid Financial Inquiry


Former Scottish National Party (SNP) Chief Executive, Peter Murrell, was arrested today by Police Scotland in connection with an ongoing investigation into the party’s finances. The 58-year-old, who is also the husband of Nicola Sturgeon, stepped down from his role just last month.

The investigation, led by Police Scotland and the Crown Office, is focused on £600,000 in donations to the SNP and how the funds were spent.


A statement released by Police Scotland confirmed the arrest, stating that “a 58-year-old man has today, Wednesday, 5 April 2023, been arrested as a suspect in connection with the ongoing investigation into the funding and finances of the Scottish National Party.”

Murrell is currently in custody and is being questioned by detectives. In addition to the arrest, officers are conducting searches at multiple addresses as part of the investigation. A report will be sent to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in due course.

Due to the active nature of the case under the Contempt of Court Act 1981, the public has been advised to exercise caution when discussing the matter on social media. Police Scotland declined to provide further comment as the investigation is still ongoing.

Murrell resigned from his position as chief executive during the SNP leadership race to replace his wife, stating that his presence had become a “distraction” to the contest. The outcome of the investigation and its potential impact on the SNP remain to be seen.

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