assist the police with their inquiries

assist the police with their inquiries
an expression that is used to refer to the fact that someone has been taken to a police station to be asked questions about a crime, but that they have not yet been accused of the crime: »

Two men have been detained in connection with the suspected fraud and are at present assisting police with their inquiries.

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Financial and business terms. 2012.

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