Former Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was arrested on Sunday as part of a financial investigation regarding how more than $745,000 in campaign funds were spent by the nation’s governing party.
Scotland police said Sturgeon, 52, who dominated the nation’s pro-independence party for eight years, had been taken into custody “as a suspect in connection with the ongoing investigation into the funding and finances of the Scottish National Party.”
It’s the latest development in Operation Branchform, Police Scotland’s probe into allegations that the SNP misspent hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations.
A spokesperson for Sturgeon said she had been aware she would be arrested on Sunday and was cooperating with police.
Sturgeon’s arrest came two months after police arrested her husband, Peter Murrel, the party’s former chief executive, as well as SNP treasurer, Colin Beattie, as part of the investigation. Neither were charged with a crime.
The former Scottish leader made headlines as the first minister of Scotland’s semi-autonomous government.