Scottish Daily Mail

‘Se­crecy’ over judge’s pay be­fore Sheku probe even starts

- By Gra­ham Grant Home Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

MIN­IS­TERS are re­fus­ing to say how much a judge will be paid for pre­sid­ing over the pub­lic in­quiry into the death of Sheku Bayoh.

The in­de­pen­dent probe will be­gin on Mon­day.

Fa­ther-of-two Mr Bayoh, 31, died in May 2015 while in po­lice cus­tody in Kirk­caldy, Fife.

His fam­ily claim race played a part in his death and crit­i­cised the sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The in­quiry will be headed by former judge Lord Bra­cadale.

Asked about his fees, a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said: ‘We do not dis­close such per­sonal informatio­n but we have agreed an ap­pro­pri­ate rate.’

It mir­rors the con­tro­versy over the re­fusal to pub­lish the earn­ings of Lord Hardie, who chaired the Ed­in­burgh trams in­quiry.

Michael Fuller and Raju Bhatt have been ap­pointed as as­ses­sors to sup­port Lord Bra­cadale.

Mr Fuller is a former chief in­spec­tor of the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Service and spent 34 years with the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, where he helped set up the racial and vi­o­lent crime task force.

Lawyer Mr Bhatt spe­cialises in aid­ing fam­i­lies whose loved ones have died in cus­tody.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said: ‘It is not pos­si­ble to of­fer an es­ti­mate at this stage for the cost of the in­quiry but we will en­sure that it is prop­erly re­sourced.’

 ??  ?? Died in cus­tody: Sheku Bayoh, with his part­ner Collette Bell
Died in cus­tody: Sheku Bayoh, with his part­ner Collette Bell

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