Humza Yousaf will face questions at Holyrood amid ongoing pressure to suspend his predecessor Nicola Sturgeon.
Sturgeon was arrested on Sunday in relation to Operation Branchform – the name given to the inquiry by detectives – around two months after her husband and former party chief executive Peter Murrell was also taken into custody.
Both – as well as then-party treasurer Colin Beattie – were released without charge pending further investigation.
Reports suggest First Minister Humza Yousaf told SNP MSPs to back his decision not to suspend his predecessor following her arrest or quit the party.
The comments – briefed to a newspaper by three anonymous sources – came during a meeting of the SNP group at Holyrood.
However, the SNP has denied Yousaf said this.
A spokesperson said: “The SNP Group meeting is a private space for MSPs to speak freely as a group. While we will not comment on what was discussed, in line with that convention, we are clear that the report in today’s Times is not an accurate reflection of the First Minister’s comments.”
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