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Allister says 'immediate questions need answered on 'NAMAgate'

TUV leader Jim Allister at the Dunadry Hotel with TUV Westminister Election candidates for the party's manifesto launch Picture: Mal McCann.

TUV leader Jim Allister has said that public confidence demands questions be answered in relation to the Nama portfolio deal, amid ongoing speculation following explosive claims made by TD Mick Wallace last week.

The North Antrim MLA said contradictory statements by organisations involved in the controversial Nama property deal are only adding to the speculation and over allegations of financial inregularity involving a leading political figure.

With the assembly currently in recess the final day to table questions was last Friday meaning a list of questions compiled by Mr Allister cannot be tabled until September.

However, an emergency meeting of the finance committee could take place as early as Wednesday of this week to look at aspects of the Cerberus deal.

"There is a great cloud hanging over the whole operation and that just adds to the suspicion", said Mr Allister who has prepared a series of questions which he intends to submit.

"I don't think that it's in the public interest for questions to go unanswered.

"Somewhat contradictory statements from Pimco, Cerberus and Tughans that are not at all compatible need to be clarified."

Mr Allister said it also need to be clarified if any Northern Ireland politician "approached Pimco at any time and, if so, when and why?

"Upon discovering undeclared funds in the Isle of Man why did Tughans not alert the police to the potential criminality involved?", Mr Allister said.

 

"Was the money at any stage paid into a client account and, if so, why?

"These are all questions that the finance committee should be seeking answers to as soon as possible for the sake of public confidence", he added.

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