In an update to today’s story, former First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has been released from police custody without charge.
She described the experience as “deeply distressing”, furthering with the following statement:
I know that this ongoing investigation is difficult for people, and I am grateful that so many continue to show faith in me and appreciate that I would never do anything to harm either the SNP or the country. Obviously, given the nature of this process, I cannot go into detail.
However, I do wish to say this, and to do so in the strongest possible terms. Innocence is not just a presumption I am entitled to in law. I know beyond doubt that I am in fact innocent of any wrongdoing.
To the many people who have sent messages of support over these past difficult weeks – including since today’s news broke – thank you for your kindness. Thank you also to my close circle of family and friends who are giving me much-needed strength at this time.
Finally, while I will take a day or two to process this latest development, I intend to be back in Parliament soon where I will continue to represent my Glasgow Southside constituents to the very best of my ability.
Sturgeon was arrested in connection to “Operation Branchform”, a Police Scotland investigation into the potential mismanagement of Scottish National Party campaign funds.