Peter Murrell’s arrest by Police Scotland on 5 April has caused widespread outrage online and speculation as to his motives and potential charges against him.
Why Was Peter Murrell Arrested?
At the time of Peter Murrell’s arrest, Nicola Sturgeon had just recently stepped down as first minister of Scotland. Since then, speculation about why Murrell was arrested has circulated; however, as no charges against him have yet been laid out it remains unknown as a reason.
Police Scotland confirmed that detectives conducted multiple searches as part of their investigation following Murrell’s arrest.
What Has Nicola Sturgeon Said Regarding Her Arrest?
A spokesperson for Nicola Sturgeon noted that she had no prior knowledge of Police Scotland’s actions or intentions, adding that Sturgeon would work together with them if required.
Notably, Sturgeon married Murrell in 2010 and was acting first minister when her husband was arrested.
What Are the Implications of Peter Murrell’s Arrest?
Peter Murrell served as Chief Executive of the Scottish National Party since 1999 until his resignation earlier this month. It remains to be seen what the implications of Peter Murrell’s arrest may have for the party; however, its members have agreed to review transparency and governance issues as soon as possible.
Peter Murrell was released without charges following his arrest by Police Scotland, drawing criticism for their handling of the situation from many commentators who suggested they were trying to damage SNP image with “ludicrous arrest procedures.”
Peter Murrell’s arrest has raised many questions as to his motives and charges; nevertheless, this news caused quite an uproar on the internet and many will likely follow this story closely for future updates.