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UN group: No legal basis for Jagtar Singh Johal’s detention in India

The detention of a Scottish Sikh man in India has no legal basis, according to human rights investigators at the UN.

Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton, was arrested on alleged terror offences in 2017 and is yet to stand trial. Now the United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has said that Mr Johal has been detained “arbitrarily” and should be released immediately.

Mr Johal is supported by the legal and human rights charity Reprieve. Its director Maya Foa said the UN Working Group’s report was a “watershed moment” in the case and called on the UK government to do more to achieve his release.

She told BBC Scotland: “[It] means is his detention is unlawful.”

“There is no longer any excuse for the government’s continued failure to call for Jagtar’s release and return. When a British citizen is tortured and held in pre-trial detention for four years, facing a potential death sentence, the prime minister’s responsibility is clear. What is Boris Johnson waiting for?” Read the full story on BBC News.