Boxer locked up
Harrison extradited by Spanish police
Cambuslang boxer Scott Harrison has been imprisoned in one of Spain’s toughest jails.
The fighter left Scotland last week, and has been taken to Soto del Real prison, near Madrid, following a brothel brawl in 2007.
The former WBO featherweight champion was sentenced to four years by a court in Malaga in 2012, and he lost an extradition battle earlier this month.
The ex-Trinity High pupil left Edinburgh Airport guarded by Spanish police on Friday.
Cambuslang’s former WBO featherweight champion boxer Scott Harrison is being held in a maximumsecurity jail near Madrid while Spanish prison bosses decide his final destination.
The ex-world champ is behind bars at tough Soto del Real prison after being extradited to Spain from Edinburgh to start a fouryear jail sentence over a brothel brawl.
The dad-of-four will undergo a detailed assessment over the next few days which will include interviews with the prison psychologist and social workers.
A prison board led by the jail director will decide his final destination once the assessment is complete.
Harrison, of Cambuslang near Glasgow, lost a last- ditch battle against extradition last week, dashing his hopes of a ring comeback next month.
A Spanish Prison Service source said: “Soto del Real jail is a temporary stop for those facing extradition from Spain to another country and criminals and criminal suspects who have been returned to Spain as part of extradition proceedings.
“Those who have been extradited to Spain go through a detailed assessment after their arrival at the prison and the offer of a more permanent prison is made around two months after they are admitted.
“The inmate is usually asked during the evaluation if he has a prison of choice.
“Depending on availability, attempts are normally made to accommodate that request where the inmate is a normal prisoner who is not regarded as conflictive and has not committed a crime that would require special attention.
“One of the factors that could play a part in the inmate’s decision - especially a foreign inmate - could be the proximity of the prison to an international airport or his familiarity with a jail where he has served time before.
“The final decision though always rests with the prison board which comprises key people like the prison governor and prison psychologist.”
Harrison was sentenced to four years jail by a court in Malaga in October 2012 for a triple assault at a brothel in Alhuarin el Grande near Malaga on May 20 2007.
He was already back in Scotland by the time he was convicted and sentenced - and was made a wanted man after refusing requests to return to Spain and enter jail voluntarily.
Harrison has already served 30 months in jails near Malaga and Algeciras in southern Spain after being convicted of assaulting two men including a police officer following a booze bender with his uncle Jack McGill in October 2006. He was released in September 2011.
He was made to do his full sentence - with no time off for good behaviour - after returning to prison drunk and then getting into a fight with another inmate at the new jail he was transferred to as a punishment.
Behind bars Scott Harrison flew out of Edinburgh Airport last Friday