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Rona Mackay questions Cabinet Secretary on imprisoned Scot Jagtar Sing Johal

MSP Rona Mackay has asked the Scottish Government what support it is providing to the family of imprisoned Scot Sing Johal.

Mr Johal is understood to have faced torture while being held in a prison in Punjab.

The Dumbarton man and his current state was the subject of a General Question at Holyrood by Ms Mackay on November 23.

Ms Mackay questioned: “To ask the Scottish Government what support it can provide to the family of Jagtar Singh Johal from Dumbarton, in light of reports that he is being held in prison in Punjab without charge and has faced torture.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, answered Ms Mackay, saying the SG is “deeply concerned” and in contact with the UK foreign office on the matter.

He said: “We are deeply concerned to learn about the detention of Jagtar Singh Johal. Scottish Government officials have contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the case and the Foreign Office has assured us that it is aware of the situation and has had access to Mr Johal.

“Consular assistance is a matter for the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government would usually refer individuals to the FCO’s consular affairs department, which works with foreign Governments and authorities in such circumstances. Consular officials continue to provide assistance to Mr Johal and are engaging with his family.”

Ms Mackay then asked: “Will the cabinet secretary commit to engaging with the UK Government to ensure that everything possible is being done to secure Jagtar Singh Johal’s wellbeing and release?”

Ms Hyslop answered: “Scottish Government officials are in regular contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and I will continue to liaise with them about this very serious case.”


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