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NCA visit Bryson as part of Nama investigation

Jamie Bryson claims the National Security Agency called at his home in North Down while he was out. Picture by Mal McCann

THE National Crime Agency (NCA) is pursuing evidence from loyalist whistle-blower Jamie Bryson in relation to the Nama sale.

The blogger has published a series of allegations online, claiming high level financial wrongdoing in relation to Project Eagle as well as giving testimony to a Stormont committee investigating the £1.3bn deal.

Officers from the NCA, specialising in financial crime, have travelled to Northern Ireland this week to speak to a number of relevant parties in relation to the ongoing criminal investigation.

They called to the North Down home of the loyalist yesterday and have requested he meet him by prior arrangement to discuss any evidence he may hold in relation to the investigation.

In his evidence to the Stormont finance committee last month the 25-year-old alleged that Peter Robinson and four other named businessmen were to benefit from a multi-million pound cut following the completion of Northern Ireland’s biggest property deal, claims which have been denied.

In July it was announced that the NCA would investigate claims of illegality surrounding the sale to US investment firm Cerberus and the alleged 'fixers' fee contained in an Isle of Man bank account.

Deputy director of the agency Graham Gardner said at the time: "The NCA has considered a request from the PSNI and has agreed to lead an investigation, calling on support as necessary from PSNI officers".

Speaking yesterday Jamie Bryson said while he was "more than willing" to hand over information in his possession and already in the public domain, he would not be revealing his sources to NCA officers.

"The NCA are welcome to have a copy of the evidence I presented to the finance committee and I have arranged for that to be forwarded through my solicitor," he said.

A spokesman for the NCA said in order to protect the "integrity of investigations" it did not "routinely discuss operational detail".

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