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Nama row: Businessmen deny Jamie Bryson's claims about £7m fee

By Ed Carty

Published 25/09/2015

Two businessmen named by a loyalist blogger as beneficiaries of the £1.2bn ‘Project Eagle’ property loan sale by Nama have denied the allegations.

Jamie Bryson made a series of claims at Stormont’s finance committee, including that First Minister Peter Robinson and four businessmen had been set to benefit from a £7m fee.

Last night one of those named, property developer Andrew Creighton, strongly denied the claim.

“I can categorically state that I have made no claim for a fee, I have not received any payment, nor do I expect to receive any payment in relation to Project Eagle,” he said. Another of the five men named — accountant David Watters — also issued a strong statement of denial.

“Unsupported testimony provided yesterday at Stormont claimed I was due to receive a fee from monies paid to an Isle of Man account,” he said.

“That is completely false. I had no role in, and was in no way party to, the issuance of this fee.

“Additionally, and for the avoidance of any doubt, I had no direct or indirect involvement in the Project Eagle transaction.”

Meanwhile, Nama insisted it has not been accused of, or involved in, any wrongdoing in respect of the Project Eagle sale.

It also insisted none of the total value of the sale went to a third party and none of the money ended up in the Isle of Man.

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