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Questions loom on Bayoh inquiry delay

SCOTTISH ministers were cornered in Holyrood yesterday over the progress of a public inquiry into the police-custody death of Sheku Bayoh.

Mr Bayoh, a 31-year-old black man from Kirkcaldy, died in 2015 after being restrained by nine officers.

An inquiry into the circumstances of his death and the subsequent investigation was announced last year, but has yet to start.

The campaign has gained traction in recent months following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, with nearly £100,000 raised to support legal costs. 

Green MSP Mark Ruskell quizzed Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf on the progress of establishing the probe, raising concerns about files relating to misconduct of officials not being passed to police. 

Mr Yousaf told MSPs that his officials had been working with those involved to “make an effective start to proceedings,” urging Mr Ruskell to raise his concerns with the Lord Advocate.


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