Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry wins appeal as embezzlement charges quashed

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry has had her embezzlement charges quashed after winning an appeal.

The decision was made in Edinburgh this morning by appeal judges, who ruled Ms McGarry had been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

The ruling comes despite the ex-MP originally pleading guilty to the charges.

The 38-year-old had her conviction quashed in an appeal heard by Lord Carloway, Lord Turnbull and Lord Drummong Young.

A retrial has been ordered.

A contempt order has been put in place that blocks the reporting of details of how Ms McGarry suffered a miscarriage of justice.

The former SNP Glasgow East MP was jailed for 18 months in June for embezzling £25,000 from pro-independence groups.

At the time Ms McGarry was freed on bail after lodging an appeal.

The 38-year-old was elected as an SNP member in 2015, but did not seek re-election in 2017.

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