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Jeffrey Donaldson: Police received complaint which led to former DUP leader being charged with sexual offenses in early March

Police in Northern Ireland said they received a complaint which led to the arrest of former DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson over allegations of historic sexual offenses in early March.

Donaldson resigned on Friday’s allegations. It is understood he will “vigorously contest” all charges against him.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has issued a statement to end “unnecessary speculation” about the case. The force said it “immediately launched an investigation into this matter” after receiving the complaint.

Donaldson was arrested and charged on Thursday, March 28. A 57-year-old woman was also charged with complicity in the same complaint.

“We once again remind the public and media that speculation is unnecessary and, in this case, inaccurate and can ultimately have a negative impact on the criminal justice process,” the prosecutor said on Sunday. police.

Donaldson leads the Democratic Unionist Party since 2021 and has been the MP for Lagan Valley since 1997.

The 61-year-old will appear at court in Newry, Co Down, on April 24.

He was suspended by the party but it appears he remains an MP.

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Prime Minister speaks of ‘difficult’ times for DUP

On Saturday, Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill said there was no threat to Northern Ireland power-sharing deal amid political fallout.

Sinn Fein vice-president Ms O’Neill told Sky News she had contacted the leaders of the other three parties in the ministerial executive in Belfast to ensure “cohesion”.

THE agreement which restored power sharing earlier this year, depended on Donaldson’s support.

Learn more:
Who is Sir Jeffrey Donaldson?

What is power sharing and why is this system used?

Ms O’Neill said on Sunday: “Now more than ever, what we need is cohesion.”

The Prime Minister added in Dublin: “My priority as Prime Minister is to ensure that stability, to work with all the other party leaders, all those who make up our executive.

“It’s really, really important now that we’re mobilizing.”

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