McArthur calls for 76 outstanding prison FAIs to be conducted

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today urged the end of "interminable waits" for fatal accident inquiries following deaths in custody, in the wake of the tragic suicides of Katie Allan and William Lindsay.

Speaking after asking a topical question in the Scottish Parliament, Mr McArthur said:

"There have been 76 deaths in prison that have yet to be the subject of an FAI. This stretches back to six deaths in 2014.

"Journalist Kenneth Roy, who sadly passed away last week, rightly labelled it a "catalogue of delay and obfuscation".

"No family, including those of Katie Allan and William Lindsay, should ever have to go through such an interminable wait to find out what happened. These delayed fatal accident inquiries are preventing lessons being learned and putting lives at risk."

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