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Loyalist Jamie Bryson among three people to be prosecuted over evidence given to Stormont committee

A Stormont police officer watches as Jamie Bryson gives evidence to the inquiry
A Stormont police officer watches as Jamie Bryson gives evidence to the inquiry

Three people are to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office in relation to evidence given to a Stormont committee.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is to prosecute loyalist Jamie Bryson, and two other individuals, in relation to an evidence session of Stormont's Finance Committee in September 2015.

All three people face a charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

Mr Bryson, a loyalist activist and blogger, released a statement denying any wrongdoing. The identities of the other two people to be charged have not yet been confirmed.

Mr Bryson had been called to the committee in 2015 to give evidence about the Nama scandal.

The UK's National Crime Agency is investigating Nama's Northern Ireland deal after cash was transferred to an Isle of Man bank account.

The National Assets Management Agency (Nama) is the Republic of Ireland's "bad bank", set up to deal with toxic loans after the 2009 property crash.

Mr Bryson wrote a book about the scandal.

A PPS spokesman said: "The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has taken a decision to prosecute three individuals in relation to the alleged manipulation of evidence given to the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel.

"After a careful consideration of all evidence, and having received advice from Senior Counsel, it has been decided to prosecute three suspects jointly on one charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

"In taking these decisions, senior prosecutors considered evidence received from police in relation to allegations of the manipulation of the presentation of evidence put before the Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel in September 2015.

"As court proceedings will shortly commence, the PPS would ask that there is no reporting, commentary or sharing of information on-line which would in any way prejudice these proceedings."

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