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Question reference: S5W-27120

  • Asked by: Jenny Gilruth, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 23 January 2020
  • Current status: Initiated by the Scottish Government. Answered by Humza Yousaf on 24 January 2020


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress to establish the public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh.


Last year, I announced that there would be a Public Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh in 2015.

I can now confirm that The Right Hon Lord Bracadale, a retired Senator of the College of Justice, has agreed to chair the Public Inquiry. I am pleased that someone of Lord Bracadale’s stature and legal standing will chair this important inquiry.

I have a statutory obligation to consult Lord Bracadale on the Terms of Reference and I will meet him in the coming weeks to discuss this and timescales for the Inquiry’s formal setting up date.

It is also my intention to share Terms of Reference with the family of Mr Bayoh and other interested parties to hear their views on the Inquiry’s remit and to discuss how we can best equip it with the necessary diversity of expertise and background to deliver that remit. I will provide a further update to Parliament in due course.