Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has been released on bail after being arrested by police investigating claims of bribery and witness intimidation.
He was held with four other men as part of an investigation into the awarding of building contracts in the city.
The Labour Party has suspended Mr Anderson pending the outcome of the case.
Merseyside Police said all five people “have been released on condition bail, pending further inquiries.”
Their year-long investigation, Operation Aloft, has focused on a number of property developers.
On Friday, Mr Anderson, 62, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
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