Police called into investigate Iris Robinson for potential criminality…

Better late than never, but it seems that the Police have now come in to investigate Iris Robinson’s financial affairsThe BBC report that last night, a police spokesman said:

“Police can confirm that a criminal investigation has been launched into allegations made in a BBC Spotlight programme broadcast on 7 January 2010. The investigation will seek to establish whether any criminal offence has been committed by Iris Robinson, MP, MLA and by any other person referred to in the programme.

The investigation is led by Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb who is head of the Police Service’s Organised Crime Branch, which specialises in complex financial investigations. The police service is aware of the substantial public interest in this investigation. The police remit is to investigate potential criminality, nothing else.”

As ever be careful not step over the legal line here… potential is highlighted for good reason… The upshot for the political process is that such investigations may delay any parliamentary investigations, and there extend matters beyond than the six week respite put in place for the First Minister last Friday…

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