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PSNI 'assessing correspondence' linked to Nama coaching claims

By Claire Williamson

Published 30/08/2016

Jamie Bryson watches Sinn Fein’s Daithi McKay on television before appearing at Stormont’s Nama inquiry
Jamie Bryson watches Sinn Fein’s Daithi McKay on television before appearing at Stormont’s Nama inquiry

The PSNI have said they are assessing the leaked correspondence linked to the Nama coaching claims which prompted Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay to resign.

The controversy was sparked following leaked messages between former Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay, who was chair of the committee, and another Sinn Fein Twitter user.

The inquiry was launched following claims made in the Dail by Independent TD Mick Wallace, who alleged £7m in an Isle of Man account had been earmarked for a Northern Ireland politician or party.

A National Crime Agency investigation is ongoing into the allegations.

Following the revelations the DUP called for a police investigation into the coaching allegations.

At the time MLA Peter Weir said: "I think the police do need to investigate this. What we have seen is effectively a conspiracy between two individuals to abuse an inquiry on that basis it has potential of malfeasance of public office."

On Tuesday afternoon in a statement the PSNI confirmed they had received correspondence and were assessing it.

A spokesman said: "Following receipt of correspondence this matter is currently being assessed. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

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