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Jamie Bryson will refuse PSNI request to hand over any material relevant to Nama investigation

Police have asked loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson to hand over all relevant material pertaining to the sale of Nama's northern loan book. Picture by Mal McCann
John Monaghan

LOYALIST blogger Jamie Bryson has said has said he will not hand over any material sought by the PSNI in its investigation into the sale of Nama's loan book in Northern Ireland.

Mr Bryson last night posted a photograph of a letter he said he had received from the police asking him to hand over any relevant material or face the possibility of a court order being served.

He has been asked to respond to the letter by January 6.

The letter, signed by Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, states: "I am currently investigating criminal allegations in relation to evidence given by you at the Committee for Finance at Stormont on September 23rd 2015 about NAMA."

However, Mr Bryson told The Irish News that he would be refusing all such requests from the PSNI.

He said: "To provide such material would require me to compromise my sources, something I will not do. I will be asserting journalistic privilege under Article 10.

"The PSNI won't be getting any material from me, and besides that point I no longer possess any relevant material."

The Irish News revealed in August that in the run-up to the committee hearing, Mr Bryson had been advised via Twitter by Sinn Féin members, including former finance committee chair and MLA Daithi McKay, on how to air an allegation against former First Minister Peter Robinson.

At the hearing, Mr Bryson claimed that the former DUP leader stood to benefit financially from Nama's disposal of the Project Eagle loan book, an allegation Mr Robinson denies.

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