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Scotsman in Indian jail sends handwritten plea to new PM Truss

A Scottish Sikh man imprisoned in India has written a message to the new prime minister Liz Truss.

He urged her to show “more guts” on his detention than her predecessors.

Jagtar Singh Johal, who is accused of conspiracy to murder and being part of a terrorist gang, has been detained for almost five years without trial.

Mr Johal’s personal message congratulates Liz Truss on her appointment as prime minister. He goes onto to write that he hopes his “freedom will not be traded in return” for increased business links between the UK and India, and also raises the case of another British man held in the same Delhi prison.

“I hope you show more guts than your predecessors when it comes to addressing the issue of UK citizens languishing in Indian prisons for years without trial,” Mr Johal writes.

He also describes his case as “highly politically motivated” and urges the new prime minister to “make a stand and act” to secure his release. “Otherwise,” the note continues, “as is evident with cases of Sikh political prisoners and minorities in India, decades can pass waiting for justice.” Read the full story on The BBC.