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EX-SNP MP Michelle Thomson - No prosecution due to the 'absence of sufficient credible and reliable evidence'

Ex-SNP MP Michelle Thomson has been notified that she not face any criminal proceedings. The Crown Office has now concluded that there should be "no criminal proceedings at this time".

The Crown Office said this was due to an "absence of sufficient credible and reliable evidence", with the decision coming after "careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case".

Police Scotland had previously confirmed that a report had been submitted to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 'in relation to an investigation into alleged mortgage fraud'.

A Crown Office spokesman said at the time: "The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning four men aged 48, 56, 59 and 59 and one woman aged 51, in relation to alleged incidents between 16/06/10 and 26/07/11. The report remains under the consideration of the Procurator Fiscal."

Michelle Thomson always maintained her innocence and denied any wrong doing.

Ms Thomson made a short statement following the news: "Yesterday I received news from the Crown Office that confirmed I have been completely exonerated by the police investigation into a solicitor I used in 2010.

"I am eternally grateful to my SNP colleagues in Westminster who supported me so strongly throughout this time.

"I also thank Police Scotland and the Crown Office for their courtesy and professionalism."

I am not quite sure how Michelle Thomson can state that she has been "completely exonerated". The Crown Office clearly state there is to be no prosecution due to the "absence of sufficient credible and reliable evidence".

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