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Nama deal: Jamie Bryson will be called to give evidence at Stormont inquiry

Loyalist flag protester and blogger Jamie Bryson will be called to give evidence in the inquiry into the Nama sale of Stormont's finance committee's Northern Ireland loan portfolio, it was voted today.

Mr Bryson, writing in an online blog, claimed to have information about hours of secret recordings which could shed light on the controversial deal.

He wrote to the committee, stating he could provide "documentation and evidence" in relation to the sale of the loan portfolio, codenamed Project Eagle, to US vulture fund Cerberus for €1.6bn last year.

Allegations of political kickbacks in connection with the deal are being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

DUP members of the committee and Alliance MLA Judith Cochrane voted against calling him to give evidence.

Meanwhile businessman Gareth Graham is giving evidence to a Stormont inquiry into the deal.

The NCA probe was prompted by 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.

Further reading:

Q&A: The Nama deal explained

Who’s who in Nama loans row?

Nama probe being stymied, says Stormont inquiry chief

Committee seeks Nama loan sale information from loyalist Jamie Bryson 

Flag protester Jamie Bryson may be called to give evidence at Stormont Nama probe 

Watchdog to take advice on compelling Nama to attend inquiry



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