Long calls for fully independent cross-border Nama investigation

Alliance Deputy Leader Naomi Long has said only a fully independent cross-border investigation by police will be able to satisfy public concerns regarding allegations of corruption in relation to Nama’s Northern Ireland portfolio deal, after footage came to light of a businessman at the centre of the controversy accepting a series of cash payments from a developer.

BBC Spotlight’s latest investigation into the allegations around the £1 billion deal showed Frank Cushnahan in one case taking £40,000 from property developer John Miskelly during a meeting in a hospital car park in 2012. Mr Cushnahan has denied any wrongdoing, while Mr Miskelly stated any payments made by him have been “legitimate”.

East Belfast MLA Mrs Long said last night’s programme was the latest in a long line of shocking allegations.

“I would urge the PSNI, National Crime Agency and Gardai to co-operate on fully investigating this issue as a matter of urgency. Allegations in the programme of political interference and corruption cannot be allowed to continue to fester, nor can the border be allowed to inhibit full investigation across both jurisdictions.

“As more allegations continue to emerge around the Nama deal and alleged improper political influence, the stench of corruption will continue to pollute the political environment and further undermine public confidence until it is fully and transparently investigated.”

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