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Odyssey developer complains about the First Minister

By Staff Reporter

Published 06/11/2015

Legal action: Peter Curistan
Legal action: Peter Curistan

A well-known businessman has made a complaint to the police about the First Minister.

The BBC reported that the complaint is calling for an investigation into remarks Peter Robinson made in the House of Commons nine years ago.

Lawyers acting for Peter Curistan, the developer behind the Odyssey complex in Belfast, allege that Mr Robinson has 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, the Sunday Life revealed that Paul Leighton, then Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI, had written to Mr Curistan clearing him of any suspicion.

"I can say that we are not currently investigating the Sheridan Group or Mr Peter Curistan," the senior policeman wrote.

In the course of legal proceedings in 2007, the MP's allegation was rejected as groundless by a High Court judge and a Government department.

In a statement to the BBC, Mr Curistan's lawyers KRW Law said yesterday: "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 offered a blunt response: "The police may have to waste their time with this but I don't."

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson said: "Police can confirm that a report has been received which will be reviewed in due course."

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