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Sir Keir Starmer writes to PM over detention of Jagtar Singh Johal in India

Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has called for the prime minister to officially request the release of a man who has been detained in India for more than four years.

Jagtar Singh Johal, from Dumbarton, was arrested in Punjab in November 2017 while celebrating his wedding. A UN Working Group said his detention on terror offences was “arbitrary” and he should be released immediately.

Sir Keir said Labour would offer cross-party support to secure Mr Johal’s release.

Mr Johal’s brother Gurpreet Singh Johal, who was recently elected as a Labour councillor, said: “This intervention from Keir is highly crucial, coming from a former public prosecutor adds more weight.”

He added: “It’s time for the UK government to bring Jagtar home where he belongs.” Read the full story on BBC News.