SNP treasurer Colin Beattie released without charge

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SNP treasurer Colin Beattie who was arrested by police investigating the party’s finances has been released without charge pending further investigation.

The 71-year-old was taken into custody on Tuesday morning and was questioned by Police Scotland detectives.

He returned to his home in Dalkeith in Midlothian just after 20:00.

His arrest came just hours before the first minister set out his government’s priorities for the next three years.

Mr Yousaf earlier said Mr Beattie’s arrest was “clearly a very serious matter indeed”.

Police Scotland launched its Operation Branchfoot investigation into the SNP’s finances in July 2021 after receiving complaints about how donations were used.

Former SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, Nicola Sturgeon’s husband, was arrested two weeks ago, before also being released without charge pending further investigation.

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