OVER the past four years, there have been two prime ministers, a World Cup, an Olympics and now the opening of the world’s “last chance” climate summit, COP26, in Scotland.
Dumbarton man Jagtar Singh Johal has missed it all. For the past 1460 days, he’s been detained in India, pending trial on the most grievous charges. His family say he’s innocent, MPs say he’s being arbitrarily detained and all are still waiting for evidence to be led against him.
International justice campaigns Redress and Reprieve have both backed Jaggi. Referring to talks at COP26, Andrew Purcell of Reprieve told The National: “All this week, representatives of the UK Government are meeting their Indian counterparts, and once again, Jagtar’s case is the elephant in the room. He has now been imprisoned without trial for four years, and Liz Truss is the fourth Foreign Secretary to fail to call for his release.
“What is holding them back? Why won’t they even meet his family? It looks awfully like they are abandoning a young British man in a Delhi jail for the sake of political convenience.”
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