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Complaint made to police about First Minister Peter Robinson

Published 05/11/2015

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A complaint has been made to the police about First Minister Peter Robinson.

The BBC reports the complaint calls for an investigation into remarks made in parliament nine years ago.

Lawyers acting for Belfast businessman Peter Curistan allege there is a case to answer with regards to "misfeasance in public office".

This is where an individual in public office or a public servant acts unlawfully, knows they are doing so and does so knowing their actions are likely to cause loss or harm to another person.

The complaint claims Mr Robinson has not produced any evidence to support claims against Mr Curistan made under parliamentary privilege in 2006, nor apologised.

Mr Curistan denied the allegations and claimed the subsequent impact on his business was enormous.

In 2007 a High Court judge and government department said he was "entirely innocent" of the allegation.

The PSNI's view that there was no cause for concern was also revealed.

In a statement to the BBC Mr Curistan's lawyers said: "Our client now insists the police diligently and expeditiously investigate his allegations and, most importantly, interview the first minister.

"It is our client's fervent belief that sufficient evidence exists that Mr Robinson should be investigated, interviewed and prosecuted on the basis of the complaint."

In response Mr Robinson said: "The police may have to waste their time with this but I don't."

A police spokesman said: "Police can confirm that a report has been received which will be reviewed in due course."

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