Nicola Sturgeon Did mislead parliament over the Alex Salmond, a Holyrood inquiry has ruled.
The committee of MSPs found the First Minister gave “an inaccurate account” of her actions and misled the inquiry – therefore misleading the wider Scottish Parliament as well.
Under the ministerial code, ministers who “knowingly mislead” Holyrood are expected to tender their resignation.
The panel of MSPs is investigating the Scottish Government’s unlawful harassment probe of Mr Salmond in 2018 after taxpayers were forced to foot a legal bill of over £600,000.
It’s also looking at Ms Sturgeon’s conduct and whether she breached the ministerial code – with a separate, independent probe by Irish prosecutor James Hamilton also investigating potential breaches.
The Holyrood inquiry’s report, due out in the coming days, is expected to accuse the First Minister of a “potential breach” of that code of conduct.
It’s understood to centre around her account that she refused to intervene on Mr Salmond’s behalf after a crucial summit between the pair on April 2, 2018.
Mr Salmond and another attendee at this meeting, the QC Duncan Hamilton, testified that Ms Sturgeon did offer to intervene at “an appropriate time”.
It’s unclear if this is the aspect of Ms Sturgeon’s evidence that the committee agreed was misleading.