Police question sex scandal wife of N.Ireland leader

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Northern Irish police have questioned the wife of the province's top politician Peter Robinson over allegations she helped her teenage lover obtain a large loan, security sources said on Friday.

Police questioned Iris Robinson three to four weeks ago about "allegedly facilitating her teenage lover to receive 50,000 pounds for an enterprise from two Northern Irish businessmen," the sources told AFP.

Peter Robinson temporarily stood down as first minister in January after a BBC programme claimed Iris Robinson secured 50,000 pounds (56,000 euros, 80,000 dollars) to help her young lover set up a cafe.

She resigned as a lawmaker in Belfast when the scandal erupted and has been undergoing psychiatric treatment in London after attempting suicide.

The sources said that a report is now being prepared by the police on the interview and will be sent to the public prosecution service, adding that Peter Robinson had not been interviewed.

Police in Belfast said that "We do not comment on named individuals. Neither do we discuss our investigative process."

Her husband resumed his role in the province's power-sharing administration in February after saying a legal adviser to the government had found he had done nothing wrong.

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